Former Retriever star Carlee Cassidy made her return to UMBC as an assistant coach in August 2012.
Since joining UMBC’s staff, Cassidy has been tasked with the progress of the Retrievers’ guards, in addition to being named the team’s recruiting coordinator. Under her direction, UMBC has tallied four America East All-Conference honors for its guards, in addition to All-Defensive Team and All-Rookie Team selections.
Cassidy was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner with the Retrievers from 2006-10, being a part of UMBC’s first America East championship team in 2007. At the time of her graduation, Cassidy ranked second all-time with the black and gold with 1,627 points and 347 free throws made – ranking first in both categories during the Retrievers’ Division I era – and still holds the school’s record for three-pointers (248).
Cassidy became the first Retriever to earn American East All-Conference honors three times, receiving a spot on the second team as a junior and senior and garnering first team recognition as a sophomore.
Not only did Cassidy excel in UMBC’s record book, but she also made her mark on the America East record book. The Syracuse, N.Y., native was the first player in nearly a decade to lead the America East in scoring in back-to-back seasons. She ranks 26th in the conference all-time in points and second in three-point field goals made.
Cassidy was a part of the 2006-07 Retrievers who also stamped themselves into America East history, defeating the top three teams in the league standings en route to winning a league championship. The 5-9 guard earned America East All-Tournament Team honors during the 2007 conference championships after scoring a team-best 14 points to help UMBC stun top-seeded and defending champion Hartford in the championship game, giving the program its first-ever league title that season and advancing to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament for the first time.
Following her collegiate career, Cassidy played one season with Forssan Alku Basketball Club in Finland.
Cassidy graduated from UMBC in 2010 with a degree in new media and communication studies and sociology.