Lincoln -- Bill Callahan's football staff has a recurring theme...nationally respected recruiters. The hiring of Tim Cassidy as Associate Athletic Director for Football by Callahan and Athletic Director Steve Pederson, lends even more credence to the fact that Callahan will have a top-notch recruiting staff.
Cassidy comes to Nebraska with 26 years in the collegiate football ranks. He has been at Texas A&M for the past 15 years, serving as recruiting coordinator since 1989. In 1991, Cassidy was promoted to assistant athletic director for recruiting and in 1994, he was also named the director of football operations. Most recently, he was promoted to associate athletic director for football at A&M in the fall of 2002 and served as color commentator for the football radio broadcasts in 2003.
In his new role at Nebraska, Cassidy will coordinate on-campus recruiting visits with recruiting coordinator Scott Downing. His football administrative duties include working hand in hand with Callahan and Athletic Director Steve Pederson on football operations. He will coordinate the travel, budget and staffing for football; oversee compliance, strength training, equipment and academic support units regarding football issues; and supervise the football support staffs. Cassidy will serve as a member of Pederson's Executive Team and will assist with the strategic planning and design of the new Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex. He has experience in that area aiding with the development of the $28 million athletic and academic complex completed on the Texas A&M campus in 2003.
"Administration of a top college football program takes an organized, thorough and intelligent person." Pederson said, "Tim Cassidy brings all those attributes to the table. From working with all the various support groups that make a football team successful, to making sure our team travel is handled in a first-class manner, I have the utmost confidence in Tim."
Callahan said Cassidy's experience will be vital to the success of Nebraska's new coaching staff.
"We are counting on Tim to make sure our day-to-day operations run smooth as we work each day toward building national championship teams. Tim is well-respected nationally and his vast experience on the college level and specifically in the Big 12 will benefit our program immediately."
Cassidy contributed to the success of Texas A&M teams that won the Southwest Conference Championship in 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992 and 1993. In 1997 and 1998, A&M won the Big 12 South, losing to Nebraska in 1997, but defeating Kansas State in 1998.
Cassidy first gained a national reputation as a great recruiter in his two years as the director of recruiting and high school relations at the University of Florida (1987, 1988). Cassidy also has sideline experience coaching the receivers at Morningside College in Sioux City from 1981 to 1983. He was a graduate assistant football coach at Texas A&M in 1983 and 1984 and was named the Aggies' recruiting coordinator in 1985.
"I’ve known Steve Pederson for many years and I have been impressed with his work, and I appreciate the opportunity to work with Coach Bill Callahan," Cassidy said. "Coach Callahan is putting together a great coaching staff, and I look forward to working with everyone at Nebraska.
"My wife and I were born in Nebraska and my mother still lives in Omaha. The Cornhuskers have had tremendous success and I look forward to helping build upon that success. I am ready to hit the ground running.
"I would also like to thank the Aggie staff, players and their families for allowing me to become a part of their lives throughout my time here. Those relationships are the best part of this profession."
A native Nebraskan, Cassidy and his wife Nancy have two sons Ryan (18) and Austin (15) and daughter Danielle (14). He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education and health from Nebraska-Omaha in 1981 after graduating from Omaha Ryan High School. He received his master's degree in 1984 from Texas A&M in education. He is currently the chairman of the American Football Coaches Association Football Operations Committee.