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TIM

CASSIDY

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

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 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

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. 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.

DONNIE

YANTIS

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

II athletes.

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.

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