Volunteer Assistant Coach
Edward Cassidy joins the Bemidji State men's basketball coaching staff as a volunteer coach for the 2010-11 season. He brings 19 years of head boy's high school coaching experience to the staff, including 381 career wins, seven state tournament appearances and a one AAA state championship with Simley High School in 1997.
Cassidy served as the head boy's basketball coach at Saint Bernard's High School from 2003-2010, leading the Bulldogs to four conference championships and three state tournament appearances, including a third place finish in 2007. Before Saint Bernard's, he was the head coach at Bloomington Kennedy High School from 2000-2002, Simley High School from 1994-1998 and De La Salle High School from 1988-1994. At De La Salle, Cassidy was at the helm for four conference championship seasons and three trips to the state tournament.
He also has collegiate experience at Concordia University, St. Pau, Macalester College and Xavier University. The 1975 graduate of Simley High School and 1979 graduate of Hamline University is a four-time district and four-time region coach of the year, while coaching numerous all-state selections, Minnesota Mr. Basketball Nominees and a Mr. Basketball in 1989, en route to a 381-144 (72.5%) record.
Cassidy has been active in coaching club teams, directing and participating in camps, speaking at basketball functions, was an active member in the Minnesota State High School League and was even a co-author of a book. He coached the North-Tartan AAU girl's basketball club from 1995-1999, while running the Salvation Army basketball camps from 1999-2001 and was a summer youth camp director for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1989-1992. He also served as a guest lecturer, coach and camp clinician of the Belgian Basketball Euro League in 2008.
Edward and his wife Jennifer have two children, Alison and Patrick, who is currently a senior on the BSU men's basketball team.