Concordia University Wisconsin Athletics

 

Men's Basketball

 
Shawn Cassidy
Shawn Cassidy
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 262-243-4381
Email: shawn.cassidy@cuw.edu
College: Concordia University Wisconsin, '93

The 2012-2013 season was Coach Shawn Cassidy’s sixth as head coach of the Falcons. Prior to becoming head coach, Cassidy served as an assistant to former head coach and mentor Wayne Rasmussen.

Coach Cassidy, a member of the 1993 Falcon basketball team which competed in the NAIA National Tournament, graduated from CUW with a 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, California for twelve years before returning to CUW. Shawn spent nine seasons as the head basketball coach at Orange Lutheran, putting together a 144- 93 record with three league championships and eight playoff appearances. 

In Cassidy's first full season the Falcons finished 14-11. Concordia also won the CIT for the first time in school history, scoring one-sided wins over CU- Seward and CU- Chicago. Despite the graduation of six top performers, the 2008-9 Falcons ended up 13-13, including 10-6 in the NAC.

The 2009-10 squad won the CIT for the second time in three years with victories over CU-Chicago and CU-Nebraska in front of the home crowd. The Falcons also gave Cassidy his first NAC North Championship with a 10-6 record. Concordia finished the season 15-11 overall.

In 2011, the Falcons made a major jump in the national scene by climbing as high as #21 in the DIII rankings, #1 in the Midwest Region, and hosted the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Statistically, the Falcons were ranked in the top 20 in the nation in four categories that season: Win-Loss percentage; scoring margin; steals per game; and turnover margin.The Falcons completed their conference season undefeated 16-0 in route to a second consecutive NAC North Division championship. Four players earned All-Conference recognitions and Coach Cassidy was named NAC Coach of the Year. The 2010-2011 team is the only men's basketball team to go undefeated in the conference regular season in NAC history.

The 2011-12 squad (21-6) won another Northern Division Crown, losing just twice in league play, but falling to Lakeland in the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament Semifinals after defeating the Muskies twice during the regular season.

Despite losing several players from the 2011-2012 squad, Cassidy and the Falcons posted an 18-9 record in 2012-2013, finishing second in the NAC North Division. The highlight of the 2012-2013 campaign was CUW capturing the CIT crown, defeating Concordia Nebraska, 64-62 in the title game.

Coach 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.

Year W-L NAC NAC Finish
2007-08    14-11 (.560) 9-9 (.500) 9th
2008-09 13-13 (.500) 10-6 (.625) 2nd (North)
2009-10 15-11 (.577) 10-6 (.625) 1st (North)
2010-11 23-5 (.821) 16-0 (1.000) 1st (North)
2011-12 21-6 (.778) 14-2 (.875) 1st (North)
2012-13 18-9 (.667) 12-4 (.750) 2nd (North)
   104-55 (.654)   
71-27 (.724)