Shawn Cassidy
Shawn Cassidy
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 262-243-4381
Previous College: Concordia University Wisconsin, '93

Shawn Cassidy is in his eighth season as the head coach of Concordia University Wisconsin's Men's Basketball program. He is the program's second winningest coach and enters the 2014-15 NCAA Division III Tournament with a 134-79 overall record.

Cassidy has twice coached his team to the NCAA Division III Tournament (2014-15, 2010-11), the program's only Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament championship (2014-15), three NACC North Division titles (2011-12, 2010-11, 2009-10) and two seasons with over 20 victories. He has also guided his team to three Concordia Invitational Tournament titles (2012-13, 2009-10, 2007-08).

During his tenure he has coached nine All-NACC honorees, including 2012-13 Player of the Year Luke Doedens and 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year Steve Zielinski. Cassidy was named the 2010-11 NACC Coach of the Year after guiding the Falcons to a 23-5 overall record.

His 2011-12 season finished 21-6 overall and 14-2 in NACC play to win the North Division title for the third-consecutive season. The Falcons were dominate at home, posting an 11-1 record inside the R. John Buuck Field House.

During the 2010-11 season, the Falcons made a major jump in the national scene by climbing as high as No. 21 in the poll and to No. 1 in the Midwest regional rankings. As a result of their success they were chosen to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Division III Tournament that season. Statistically, CUW ranked in the top-20 in the nation in four categories; win-loss percentage, scoring margin, steals per game and turnover margin. The Falcons completed their conference season undefeated, 16-0, marking the first time in league history a team finished unblemished. Four players earned All-NACC recognition and Cassidy was named Coach of the Year.

The 2009-10 squad won the CIT trophy for the second time in three years with victories over Concordia University Chicago and Concordia University Nebraska in front of the home crowd. The Falcons also gave Cassidy his first NAC North Division championship with a 10-6 record.

In Cassidy's first full season in 2007-08 the Falcons finished 14-11 overall. CUW also won the CIT title for the first time in school history, scoring lopsided wins over Concordia University Nebraska and Concordia University Chicago. Despite the graduation of six of the team's top performers, the 2008-09 Falcons ended up 13-13, including 10-6 in league play.

Prior to becoming head coach, Cassidy served as an assistant to former head coach and mentor Wayne Rasmussen. He was a member of the 1993 Falcon basketball team, which competed in the NAIA National Tournament. Cassidy graduated from CUW with a Bachelor's Degree in Lutheran Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. In 2001, he earned his Master's Degree in School Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Cassidy taught and coached at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif., for 12 years before returning to CUW. He spent nine seasons as the basketball head coach at OLHS, putting together a 144- 93 record with three league championships and eight playoff appearances.

Cassidy is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor which follows the mission of CUW in enhancing the total student-athlete experience by creating opportunities to serve, protecting student-athlete welfare, fostering a positive student-athlete image, and contributing to the overall success of Concordia. SAAC is involved with many service projects in the community such as a Canned Food Drive, Blood Drive, Think Pink events and many other service projects.

Shawn and wife Paula reside in Cedarburg with their children; Patrick, Evelyn and Avery. They are active members of First Immanuel Lutheran Church and School.




NAC Finish


14-11 (.560)

9-9 (.500)



13-13 (.500)

10-6 (.625)

2nd (North)


15-11 (.577)

10-6 (.625)

1st (North)


23-5 (.821)

16-0 (1.000)

1st (North)


21-6 (.778)

14-2 (.875)

1st (North)


18-9 (.667)

12-4 (.750)

2nd (North)


11-15 (.423)

9-11 (.450)

6th NACC


19-9 (.676)

14-6 (.700)

3rd NACC


 134-79 (.629)   

94-44 (.681)