Arizona State hires football AD

Arizona State has named Tim Cassidy its senior associate athletic director of football, according to a release from the school.

From the release:

Cassidy spent the past four seasons as the Associate Athletic Director for football at Texas A&M University and is widely considered one of the top football administrators in the country.

John Wrenn, who has worked in the Sun Devil football office on two different stints for a total of three years, will remain on [coach Todd] Graham's staff as the Assistant Athletics Director of Football Operations and High School Relations.

Cassidy had 23 years of experience at Texas A&M rising from graduate assistant to recruiting coordinator, to assistant athletic director, to associate athletic director. During his career at Texas A&M, Cassidy was part of several championship teams. He was part of the 1985 and 1986 Southwest Conference Champions, the 1991, 1992 and 1993 Southwest Conference Championship squads, as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2010 Big 12 South title teams and the 1998 overall Big 12 Champion unit.

Cassidy coordinated travel, recruiting, budget and staffing for the football office, assisted with scheduling and oversaw the compliance, strength and conditioning, equipment and academic support units regarding football and he supervised the football support staffs.

Cassidy served as the associate athletic director for football at the University of Nebraska before his recent stint with the Aggies. In addition to working with the football staff and assisting in recruiting efforts, Cassidy was a key member of the athletic administration with the Huskers.

With more than 29 years of experience working in collegiate football, Cassidy was instrumental in the planning of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex that houses the Husker football team, coaches' offices, training room, weight room and administrative offices. He also assisted with the planning for the Texas A&M Bright Football Complex and the Nye Academic Center – a $28 million venture. The Bright Complex houses all of the football areas while the Nye Academic Center is an academic area for all Aggie student-athletes.

Cassidy had three tours of duty with the Aggies. He came to A&M from Morningside College where he was an assistant football coach from 1981-83. He joined Jackie Sherrill's Texas A&M staff as a graduate assistant in recruiting in 1983-84 and was promoted to recruiting coordinator in 1985-86.

He left A&M in 1987 to serve as the director of recruiting at the University of Florida in 1987 and 1988 before returning to serve on R.C. Slocum's first Aggie staff as recruiting coordinator from 1989-91. He was promoted to assistant athletic director for recruiting in the fall of 1991 and served in that capacity until Bill Byrne arrived at Texas A&M in December of 2002. Byrne and head football coach Dennis Franchione promoted Cassidy to associate athletic director for football for Texas A&M until Cassidy left for Nebraska in January of 2004.

Named among Tom Lemming’s list of the top 10 recruiters in the nation in 1999, Cassidy helped the Nebraska football program claim one of the top rankings in the nation by most analysts for the 2005 recruiting class and helped produce three straight top-25 recruiting classes during his time there. Cassidy first gained a national reputation as a great recruiter in his two years as the director of recruiting and high school relations at the University of Florida.

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Cassidy received his bachelors of science degree in physical education and health from Nebraska-Omaha in 1981. He received his master's degree in education from Texas A&M University in 1984.

Cassidy and his wife, Nancy, have two sons Ryan (27) and Austin (23), and daughter Danielle (22).