|Position:||National High School Relations|
|Alma Mater:||New Hampshire|
Mike Cassano begins his first season at Nebraska in 2018 after spending the past two years in a dual role at Central Florida. In Orlando, Cassano served on Scott Frost’s staff as the director of high school relations and as a quality control administrator for the offense.
Cassano helped the Knights to a 12-0 record in 2017, when UCF set a school record for victories, achieved the highest in-season ranking in school history (No. 10) and won the American Athletic Conference championship. In 2016, UCF was the nation’s most improved team.
Cassano boasts more than 15 years of coaching experience. Before joining Frost’s staff in Orlando, Cassano spent more than a year at UMass, serving as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for a Minutemen team that ranked 11th nationally in passing. Cassano coached at UMass after a one-year stint as the assistant director of player personnel at Georgia Tech in 2013.
Cassano coached in Miami from 2004 to 2010, with two stints at Miami and three seasons at Florida International. He was Miami’s running backs coach in 2010, after serving as FIU’s running backs coach and recruiting coordinator from 2007 to 2009. He began his time in Miami with the Hurricanes as an offensive graduate assistant and offensive assistant from 2004 to 2006.
Before heading to Florida, Cassano was the running backs coach at UMass from 1998 to 2003, helping the Minutemen to the 1998 Division I-AA (now FCS) national championship. Cassano came to UMass after coaching the running backs at Brown University in 1997. In 1995 and 1996, he was a graduate assistant and safeties coach for Eastern Michigan after spending one season as a defensive graduate assistant at Lehigh.
Cassano earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education pedagogy from New Hampshire in 1994.