BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University men’s basketball head coach Mike Boschee has assembled his coaching staff with faces familiar to the program. Ryan Montgomery, a BSU assistant the past four seasons, and Pat Cassidy, a former Beaver student-athlete, have been named assistant coaches for the upcoming season.
“I think they both bleed green a little bit,” first-year head coach Boschee said. “Ryan really enjoys Bemidji State, the community and wants to be here. We went through the process and when it was all said and done, Ryan is the one we wanted to hire, and we are excited to have him.
“I’ve always liked the idea of having someone on staff that has played here and is an alum. Pat is a good, young coach. Some players that have only been out of their playing career a couple years struggle with the coaching aspect, but he has embraced it very well.”
Montgomery enters his fifth season on the coaching staff at Bemidji State after serving as an assistant the past two seasons and as a graduate assistant from 2008-10. Last season, Montgomery helped lead the Beavers to a program-best 22-9 record and the second all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament. BSU also claimed its second NSIC Regular Season Championship in nine years.
He will be active in all phases of the program with a specialization in recruiting, game preparation, perimeter player development and defense.
Prior to BSU, Montgomery spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach at Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School. He played college basketball at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. During Montgomery's senior season, he helped lead Hamline to its first Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) post-season performance in 12 years. In addition, Montgomery has been involved in over 100 player development camps in his career.
Montgomery graduated from Plainview High School in 2002 and graduated with an exercise sport science degree from Hamline in 2006. He is completed his graduate degree in sports studies from BSU in 2012.
Cassidy graduated from Bemidji State in 2011 after a successful four-year playing career for the Beavers. He missed just one game in four seasons and helped to build up the program to conference champions just a season removed from his graduation. He will have his hands in all phases of the program with focus on recruiting, strength and conditioning, travel, post player development, academics and offense.
He played in 106 games (76 starts) and averaged 7.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.7 percent from the field. His most productive season came as a senior when he averaged 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and shot 53.6 percent from the field.
After graduation, Cassidy, son of longtime Minnesota boy’s high school head coach Ed Cassidy, served as a graduate assistant at Ashford University, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Last season the Saints posted a 20-6 overall and 12-6 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) record to finish third in the league standings.
A native of St. Paul, Cassidy is a 2007 graduate of St. Bernard’s High School. He graduated from BSU with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and is pursuing an organizational management master’s degree from Ashford University.
The BSU men’s basketball team returns nine student-athletes from last season’s squad, including 2011-12 NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell. The team officially opens practice for the 2012-13 campaign Oct. 15.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).