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Coach Profile: Cassie Kosiba

Friday, December 8, 2006

Carleton College has named Cassie (Glasrud) Kosiba ’03, currently Long Island University's (N.Y.) top women’s basketball assistant coach, as its new women’s basketball coach.

Kosiba (pronounced ko-SHEE-bah) returns to her alma mater after serving the last four years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently spending two seasons with the Blackbirds, the women’s basketball program at Long Island University’s (LIU) Brooklyn campus. She will be the seventh coach in Carleton women’s basketball history, taking over the reins of the program from Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, who announced her retirement effective June 2010 after registering a 226-122 ledger in 13 seasons at the helm.

At Long Island, Kosiba serves as recruiting coordinator, compliance liaison, and academic advisor; she is also responsible for scouting, player development and supervising the other assistant coaches and the director of operations. She worked with the Blackbirds’ shooting guards and forwards and oversaw the team’s academic progress. 

Long Island went 9-20 in Kosiba’s first season in Brooklyn, a campaign that saw the LIU drop eight games by two points or less. The addition of her first recruiting class—which was ranked in the nation’s top 60 by Blue Chip Basketball Report—helped the program to a 22-10 mark last season, tied for the second-highest win total in program history. The Blackbirds finished second in the league and advanced to the Northeast Conference Championship game.

Prior to joining the Long Island staff in July 2008, Kosiba had a two-year stint on the bench at Manhattan College (N.Y.), where she served as offensive coordinator in addition to recruiting, scouting, player development, and academic advisor duties.

A 2003 graduate of Carleton with a bachelor’s degree in gender studies, Kosiba enjoyed a successful basketball career, contributing to a 2000-01 team that went 22-5 and won the Knights’ first conference championship. That squad also secured the program’s initial trip to the NCAA Division III tournament.

The next year she began a two-year stint on Metcalf-Filzen’s coaching staff, helping the Knights break school records each year, including a 25-3 mark in ’02-’03. Both squads captured Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles and culminated their seasons with trips to the NCAA Championships.

Kosiba also had a record-setting two-year career as a volleyball player at Carleton, donning the maize and blue in 2000 and 2001. During a September 2001 contest, she established the NCAA mark with 15 services aces in a single match.

After leaving Carleton, she joined the coaching staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) and spent three seasons as the Engineers’ top basketball assistant, with duties that also included serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. The recruits she attracted to WPI posted the school record for victories their final year. She was also tabbed interim head volleyball coach in 2006.

Kosiba is a native of Spring Grove, Minn., where she starred in basketball, becoming only one of 12 women’s players in recorded state history to post a quadruple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and 10 steals during a 1997 game.

The former Cassie Glasrud currently resides in Manhattan with her husband, Chris. Prior to enrolling at Carleton, she studied for 20 months at the United States Air Force Academy.