Widely considered one of the top football administrators in the country, Tim Cassidy begins his fourth season as Associate Athletic Director for Football at Nebraska in 2007. While assisting the football staff and athletic department administration, Cassidy coordinates the Huskers' day-to-day football office organization while aiding Nebraska's recruiting efforts and program administration.
Named among Tom Lemming’s list of the top 10 recruiters in the nation in 1999, Cassidy helped the Nebraska football program claim one of the top rankings in the nation by most analysts for the 2005 recruiting class. Each of the past three seasons the Huskers continued to find recruiting success with Cassidy’s assistance, including producing their third straight top-25 recruiting class in 2007.
Cassidy's football administrative duties include working hand-in-hand with Head Coach Bill Callahan and Athletic Director Steve Pederson on football operations. He coordinates the travel, budget and staffing for the football office; assists with scheduling; oversees and the compliance, strength training, equipment and academic support units regarding football issues; and supervises the football support staffs.
Cassidy also served as a member of the administration's Executive Team. He assisted with the strategic planning of the new Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex, a $50 million complex on the North end of Memorial Stadium that opened in the summer of 2006. The new facility houses the Nebraska football team locker room and coaches offices along with a new training room, weight room and administrative offices.
Along with his administrative duties, Cassidy serves on the board of directors for Coach Callahan Charities, Inc., which works to raise money for several worthwhile causes throughout the state of Nebraska. He has also previously served as the chairman of the American Football Coaches Association Football Operations Committee and currently resides on the committee’s board of directors.
Cassidy came back to his native Nebraska with more than 25 years experience in the collegiate football ranks.
Working in the Big 12 Conference is nothing new to Cassidy. He spent 19 years at Texas A&M, including serving as recruiting coordinator from 1989 to 2004, before returning to Nebraska. In 1991, Cassidy was promoted to assistant athletic director for recruiting and in 1994, he was also named the director of football operations. 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.
Cassidy played an integral role in the Aggies' campus expansion as he aided in the development of the $28 million athletic and academic complex completed on the Texas A&M campus in 2003.
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 in the Big 12 title game.
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.
Cassidy 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.
A native Nebraskan, Cassidy and his wife Nancy have two sons, Ryan and Austin, and daughter Danielle. Austin will be joining the Huskers as a walk-on defensive back this fall. Nancy also works on campus at the school of business, serving as a lecturer in accounting.