SENIOR ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
Tim Cassidy joined the Arizona State University football program as the Senior
Associate Athletic Director of Football in January 2012. Cassidy spent the previous
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.
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
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 30 years of experience working in college
football, Cassidy was instrumental in the planning of the Tom
and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex that houses the Nebraska
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
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. Cassidy was also the
recruiting coordinator at the University of Florida from 1987-88.
Cassidy and his wife Nancy have three children: Ryan (31),
Austin (28) and Danielle (26). His wife is a senior accounting
lecturer at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business.
ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR RECRUITING
Donnie Yantis was named Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting in April 2016.
“I am very excited to work with Donnie in our recruiting efforts
as I believe he will bring a special skill set to that position,” ASU
head coach Todd Graham said when he announced Yantis’ hire.
Yantis spent the previous two seasons as the head football
coach at Arizona Christian University, where he developed the
program in its first season as a NAIA college football program.
He was responsible for hiring an entire coaching staff, along with
recruiting an entire football team in his first year.
Yantis' 14 seasons as the head coach at Paradise Valley High School
in Phoenix also assisted him in building relationships with Arizona high
school football coaches, helping with the recruitment process.
In 2015 Yantis was named Central States Football League
(CSFL) Coach of the Year as he led ACU to a CSFL Conference
Championship, going undefeated in the conference. In his first
season as a college coach he was named the NAIA Independent
Conference Coach of the Year.
Yantis started coaching at his alma mater Paradise Valley
High shortly after concluding his playing career and earning his
bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University. After serving as
recruiting coordinator at Glendale Community College, he earned
a Master’s Degree from NAU and took his first high school head
coaching job at age 28 at Glendale High. The next year he moved
to PV High, where he compiled a record of 94-70 and was the
winningest coach in school history with nine playoff appearances
in 13 seasons.
Under Yantis' direction at Paradise Valley the offense broke
every school record in both passing and rushing yards, first downs,
and points scored. As a high school coach Yantis produced 16
Division I athletes, 21 junior college athletes, and five Division
As an athlete, Yantis played for Paradise Valley High as a
quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker, and a punter,
and then moved on to play for Glendale Community College and
Southern Utah University.
SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL 2016