(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Kangaroo men's and women's tennis squads announced that Cassidy Mears will be the new top assistant coach. He comes to UMKC after spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant with Rockhurst.
"I am very grateful and excited to join the UMKC family. I appreciate the opportunity from Coach Hale and the entire athletic department." Mears said. "It's my hope that my experiences as a student-athlete can be passed on to our current athletes, making a positive impact on them. I'm looking forward to adding to this successful program and reaching our goals as a team this season."
A Shawnee, Kansas product, he played four years at Brigham Young University and finished his career as the third winningest player in school history. He helped his team finish No. 22 in the nation as a senior (2010), earning conference Player of the Week honors four times during the year. He also served as team captain for three seasons, and went undefeated in conference play during both his junior and senior campaigns.
"Cassidy brings tremendous leadership to the UMKC program. At BYU, he served as team captain for three years and was the SAAC President." Head coach Kendell Hale said. "One of his great strengths is his positivity on the court, which will be a great asset."
Mears was a three-time all-conference and academic all-conference selection during his time there, and won the Floyd Johnson Service Award as well. He also served as the SAAC President for the entire student-athlete body at BYU.
Since coming back to Kansas City, he has been an instructor/professional for Kansas City United Tennis, coaching youth players all the way up to high-level junior and high school players. He also hosted and directed numerous tournaments during his time there.
In his season at Rockhurst, he helped organize travel, practice structure, and team dynamics. He helped the Hawks to their best finish in school history as well.
A product of Bishop Miege High School, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in business management from BYU in 2010. He is currently finishing his master's degree in business administration from Rockhurst.