Tim Cassidy returns as Texas A&M recruiting coordinator
12:05 AM CST on Saturday, December 1, 2007
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Tim Cassidy has been hired as Texas A&M's associate athletic director for football and will become coach Mike Sherman's recruiting coordinator, the school announced Friday.
Cassidy, 49, resigned a similar position at Nebraska earlier in the day and will start at A&M immediately. He is the first hire Sherman has made to the new A&M coaching staff.
The recruiting coordinator position is critical for Sherman, since he will finish the NFL season as the Houston Texans offensive coordinator. Cassidy spent 19 years at A&M and was the Aggies' recruiting coordinator from 1989 to 2004.
"Tim over the years has developed a special relationship with the high school coaches in this state, which is very important to me," Sherman said in a statement. "He also has a great connection with a lot of former players which is equally important."
Sherman has already started calling some of A&M's current commitments. Cassidy will be able to organize recruiting files and start working on high school underclassmen.
"I'm really positive about the direction we're going," former A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "But it's going to take a lot of hard work. There are no magicians in this business."
Few coaches have deeper A&M ties than Cassidy, an Omaha, Neb., native. He served as a graduate assistant at A&M from 1983-84 and became the school's recruiting coordinator the next two seasons.
In 1987, Cassidy left to become Florida's recruiting coordinator for two years. But he returned to College Station in 1989 and eventually became the assistant athletic director for recruiting.
Sherman became acquainted with Cassidy while serving two stints as A&M's offensive line coach during the 1990s.