COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Tim Cassidy has been hired as the associate athletic director for football at Texas A&M, Aggie head football coach Mike Sherman and Director of Athletics Bill Byrne announced today.
“I am very pleased to announce that Tim Cassidy will return to Aggieland to serve as an associate athletic director for football,” Sherman said. “Tim is widely respected across the country as one of the top football administrators. He has excellent knowledge and experience in recruiting, and his organizational abilities make him a great addition to our staff.”
“Tim over the years has developed a special relationship with the high school coaches in this state which is very important to me,” Sherman said. “He also has a great connection with a lot of former players which is equally important.”
Cassidy served as the associate athletic director for football at the University of Nebraska the past four seasons. In addition to working with the football staff and assisting in recruiting efforts, Cassidy was a key member of the athletic administration with the Huskers.
“I hated to see Tim leave for his home state of Nebraska a few years ago,” Byrne said. “But I am pleased he and his family will be returning to Aggieland to help with our athletic program and specifically our football team. He was, and will be, a valued member of our administrative staff.”
Cassidy has 19 years of experience at Texas A&M rising from graduate assistant to recruiting coordinator, to assistant athletic director, to associate athletic director. During his career at Texas A&M, Cassidy has been a part of several championship teams. He was part of the 1985 and 1986 Southwest Conference Champions, the 1991, 1992 and 1993 Southwest Conference Championship squads, as well as the 1997 and 1998 Big 12 South title teams and the 1998 overall Big 12 Champion unit.
“Nancy and I are very appreciative to Mike Sherman and Bill Byrne for the opportunity to come back to this prestigious university and football program,” Cassidy said. “These are exciting times for Aggie athletics with Bill leading the way. I worked with Mike for seven years and know what a hard worker he is and I am thrilled to work with him again.”
“Both Nancy and I were born and raised in Nebraska and we still have many family and friends there,” Cassidy added. “We look forward to renewing friendships with a lot of people in College Station. Two of our children were born in College Station and we have spent about half of our adult lives at Texas A&M. Our oldest son will graduate with a degree in architecture from Texas A&M on Dec. 14 so this is a special time.”
Cassidy coordinated travel, budget and staffing for the football office, assisted with scheduling and oversaw the compliance, strength and conditioning, equipment and academic support units regarding football and he supervised the football support staffs.
With more than 25 years of experience working in collegiate football, Cassidy was instrumental in the planning of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex that houses the Husker football team, coaches’ offices, training room, weight room and administrative offices. He also assisted with the planning for the Texas A&M Bright Football Complex and the Nye Academic Center. The Bright Complex houses all of the football areas while the Nye Academic Center is an academic area for all Aggie student-athletes.
This marks Cassidy’s third tour of duty with the Aggies. He came to A&M from Morningside College where he was an assistant football coach from 1981-83. He joined Jackie Sherrill’s Texas A&M staff as a graduate assistant in recruiting in 1983-84 and was promoted to recruiting coordinator in 1985-86. He left A&M in 1987 to serve as the director of recruiting at the University of Florida in 1987 and 1988 before returning to serve on R.C. Slocum’s first Aggie staff as recruiting coordinator from 1989-91. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for recruiting in the fall of 1991 and served in that capacity until Bill Byrne arrived at Texas A&M in December of 2002. Byrne and head football coach Dennis Franchione promoted Cassidy to associate athletic director for football for Texas A&M until Cassidy left for Nebraska in January of 2004.
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Cassidy received his bachelors of science degree in physical education and health from Nebraska-Omaha in 1981. He received his master’s degree in education from Texas A&M University in 1984.
Cassidy and his wife, Nancy, have two sons Ryan and Austin, and daughter Danielle. Ryan will graduate from Texas A&M this December and Austin was a walkon defensive back for the Huskers this past season. Nancy has served as a lecturer in accounting both at Texas A&M and Nebraska.