By Jim Hague
For as long as she can remember, Tina Cervasio, a rising star in sports television broadcasting, has always been involved with sports.
“I remember being a little girl and going to the University of Delaware football games to see my uncle, Alan Cervasio, play,” said Cervasio, a native of Nutley. “My father (Joseph, a native of Belleville) played football for Cornell. I remember going up to Cornell for games as well. I was always surrounded by sports.”
Some of Cervasio’s noted relatives include former Belleville High School softball coach Carl Corino and current Caldwell College athletic director and men’s basketball coach Mark Corino. Former Nutley superintendent of schools Joe Zarra is Tina’s uncle.
“It’s all in the family,” she laughs.
“I would always go to games and I was always surrounded with sports,” Cervasio said. “I just loved it and developed a passion for it. I didn’t have any professional heroes growing up. My heroes were the local ones, the members of my family.”