Head Coach: Cassie Kosiba (sixth season)
Cassie (Glasrud) Kosiba ’03 was tabbed the head coach at Carleton prior to the 2010-11 season. She returned to her alma mater after serving four years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently spending two seasons as an assistant with the women’s basketball program at Long Island University’s (LIU) Brooklyn campus. She is the seventh coach in Carleton women’s basketball history, taking over the reins of the program from Tammy Metcalf-Filzen, who retired after the 2009-10 campaign after registering a 226-122 ledger in 13 seasons.
At Long Island, Kosiba (pronounced ko-SHEE-bah) served as recruiting coordinator, compliance liaison, and academic advisor; she was 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 in 2009-10, 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 resides in Shakopee, Minn., with her husband, Chris, and their son. Prior to enrolling at Carleton, she studied for 20 months at the United States Air Force Academy.
Assistant Coach Chris Dalhed (third season)
Chris Dalhed joined the Knights prior to the 2013-14 campaign and is familiar with the MIAC, having spent the previous five years as an assistant at the University of St. Thomas and helping guide the Tommies to one of the most impressive stretches in recent MIAC history. During the five-season span from 2008-2013, the Tommies recorded the highest winning percentage among MIAC opponents (.788) while capturing three MIAC Playoff titles and two regular-season championships. During the 2011-12 season, St. Thomas finished with a perfect 22-0 record during the conference regular season and finished the year with an overall record of 31-2, including a trip to the semifinal round of the NCAA tournament and third-place finish nationally.
In addition to his coaching duties, Dalhed also assists in the Sports Information Department at Carleton. He graduated from St. Thomas with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1979 and was a four-year letter winner as a member of the Tommie baseball team. Dalhed and his wife Kay reside in Inver Grove Hts. and have three adult children, daughters Lynn and Jennifer and a son Steve, who serves as an assistant track and field coach at Carleton.
Assistant Coach Chris Kosiba (fifth season)
Chris Kosiba was added to the Knights’ staff before the 2011-12 campaign. He started coaching at the collegiate level in 1997 and his résumé includes stints as an assistant at D-I Western Illinois University (1997-99) and D-III programs at Guilford College (1999-2001) and NYU (2003-07), helping the Violets to two Sweet Sixteen appearances in 2004 and 2007 and one trip to the Final Four (2007). He also served as the head coach at Hilbert College during the 2001-02 season.
Kosiba works as a sports agent for Meister Sports Management, representing professional athletes in golf and baseball. Kosiba graduated from Guilford College in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sports Science and was a four-year men’s basketball player. He resides in Shakopee, Minn., with his wife, Cassie, and their son.