U14 Girls Assistant Coach
Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB
Player Position: Utility
Canadian Club Team Affiliation:
- Edmonton Thunderbirds 2009-2012
- Edmonton Tsunami 2016 - Present
- Edmonton Riptides 2020 - Present
- Junior Coach of the Year (2020 - EWPC)
- Goalie of the Year (2020 - EWPC)
- U19 Women Most Improved (2019 - EWPC)
- U16 Girls Most Improved (2018 - EWPC)
- U16 Girls Most Improved (2017 - EWPC)
- Team Alberta Athelte (2016 & 2017)
- Mix 107.9 FM Radio - 2011
What is your favourite sports movie?
What is your dream vacation?
What ice cream flavour best describes your personality?
Pop Rock Ice Cream
How do you like to spend your free time?
SInging & Songwriting
Describe yourself in three words:
Caring, crazy and energetic!
What is your favourite food?
Bacon Cheese Burger
Q & A with Coach Cassidy
Q: How did you first start playing water polo?
A: My best friend introduced the sport to me at a swim meet and I ended up falling in love with it.
Q: What is it about water polo that made you fall in love with the sport?
A: I have always loved swimming and I was also really into basketball when I was younger. When I started playing water polo as a multi-sport athlete I loved the fact that I got to be in the water and play with a ball at the same time. In addition to that the environment is so loving and as soon as I joined water polo it immediately felt like family to me.
Q: What is your favourite water polo memory?
A: It was my first year as a goalie at Crossovers and we went into a shootout in the semi-final. My Coach (Raine Paul) chose me to be the last shooter as the goalie...which is super uncommon in water polo. It was tied and the last player from the other team was up to shoot and I saved the ball! Right after it was my turn to shoot. I swam to the other side of the pool super nervous with my adrenaline rushing and skipped the ball hard left to make the game-winning shot. Everyone in the pool swam up to me and hugged me to celebrate. Not only my favourite memory and highlight of my career, but also the best feeling in the world.
Q: What made you want to be a coach?
A: I have always wanted to be a teacher and I am going into the education program at King’s University. I started becoming more involved with children by babysitting at 11 years old and later coaching swimming at the Millennium Marlins Swim Club. Coaching has always been in my blood.
Q: Who was your most influential coach?
A: As an athlete coaches never seemed to see my potential or work with me until I joined the Tsunami Water Polo Club. From the moment I joined Coach Raine saw my potential and got me to where I am now. Raine has always treated me and everyone else as her equal and shown me how to become a more mature adult. Raine has helped shape me into the person I am today and I will forever be thankful for everything she has done. From getting everyone together for game nights to talking one on one at a coffee shop, when she notices an athlete is having a hard time, she makes time for them. She is the reason why I still have hope and a big heart for everyone who comes in my path.
Q: Who is an athlete you admire?
A: Taylor Haulbauer has always been like an older sister to me. She has made a huge impact on my life and the water polo world. In my eyes she is the best center forward in Canada. Taylor played for Team Canada and is now playing at St.Francis University.
Q: What is your favourite quote?
A: “Don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you’ve gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves so they start telling you that you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” -Will Smith