Pat Cassidy is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Bemidji State men's basketball team after a four-year playing career for the Beavers from 2007-11.
He is involved in all phases of the program with focus on recruiting, strength and conditioning, travel, post player development, academics and offense.
The Beavers went 18-12 in 2012-13 to post the fifth most wins all-time in the 91-year history of the program. Bemidji State posted a 13-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference mark, hosted its second-consecutive first round game in the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament and made a run to its first-ever appearance in the championship contest.
In addition to his other duties, Cassidy coached the post players, which included senior Mason Walters, who was honored as an All-NSIC Tournament Team member and went on to play professional basketball in Germany following his career as a Beaver.
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). In 2011-12, 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.
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 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.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Cassidy graduated from BSU with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and earned an organizational management master’s degree from Ashford University in 2013.