Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Kevin Cassese, one of the most decorated student-athletes in Duke history, is in his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater, joining the staff in July of 2005. His primary responsibilities include Duke’s extra man offense and face-offs.
Cassese spent the 2004 season as an assistant coach at Stony Brook, directing the nation’s top extra man offense to a 45.7 percent efficiency rate as the Seawolves posted a 10-6 overall record.
While at Duke, the Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., native led the Blue Devils to three NCAA Tournament berths and a pair of ACC championships. A two-time team captain and three-time All-ACC choice, he earned All-America honors three times including first team citations in both 2002 and 2003. Cassese was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the ACC Player of the Year in 2001 and recipient of the Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s top midfielder in 2002. He concluded his career with 80 goals and 38 assists.
In the summer of 2002, he helped the United States to the gold medal at the International Lacrosse Federation world championships and was tabbed to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team. A year later, Cassese was the number two overall selection in the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Rochester Rattlers. He was a two-time MLL Rookie of the Week choice in 2003, helped Rochester to the National Division title in 2004 and was chosen for the 2005 MLL All-Star Game. In the summer of 2005, he was named to the United States team that will play in the 2006 ILF world championships in London, Ontario, Canada.
As a prep at Comsewogue High School, Cassese was on a state championship team in lacrosse in 1998, and later helped teams capture the gold medal at both the Empire State Games (1998) and ILF Under-19 world championships (1999).
Cassese earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Duke in 2003, garnering USILA Scholar All-America and ACC Academic Honor Roll honors as well as the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award for outstanding athletic and academic achievement. Following graduation from Duke, he served as a Brand Marketing Associate for Brine, Inc., and founded Cassese Sports Enterprises, Inc.
Cassese is engaged to be married to Katie Granson, a former Duke women’s tennis player from 2000-03, on December 2, 2006 in Bethlehem, Pa.