Janet Cassidy is Southwestern Oregon Community College Head Women’s Soccer Coach and Resident Director. Cassidy has experience in the club, ODP, high school, Community College, Division II, and W-League levels of soccer.
Cassidy was the first assistant, at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she was the offensive coordinator, academic coach, leadership coach, and community service coach. At CSU Dominguez Hills, the team earned NSCAA Team Academic Awards and SACC Challenge Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2015 the team scored 34 goals in the season and Johana Rojas earned honorable mention honors. Lindsey Armstrong won the CCAA Dr. Hal Charnofsky Memorial Award in 2015 and in 2016 received Presidential Scholar and winner of the CSUDH Presidential Outstanding Student Award. CSUDH Women’s soccer earned six CCAA All-Academic honors in 2016.
After her second stint at CCAA school Cal Poly Pomona during the 2013-2014 season, the team overall record of 6-7-5, the highlight of the season was beating Cal State LA 1-0 at home and the game against Chico State when Alison Suave won the game 1-0 in the 93rd minute. Kristin Mihara received NSCAA All-West Region First Team selection and earned All-CCAA first team honors. Alison Suave named to the Scholar All-West Region Team, NSCAA, as well as, All-CCAA second team honors. During the 2013 season, the team was at number five spot in the West Region polls and earned an NSCAA Team Academic Award. In her first stint at Cal Poly Pomona, from 2004 through 2008, the team overall record of 33-32-10, the team won three NSCAA Team Academic awards and had several players earn All-CCAA honors, including stand out players, Lisa Araujo and Erica Rodriquez, who earned first team honors 2 years in a row.
Cassidy spent four seasons as the head coach of the Colorado State University, Pueblo women’s soccer program, with an overall record of 17-49-8, which included 11 overtime games, 8 double overtime games, as well as, 17 games losing by 1 goal. She coached a young Thunder Wolves squad, to 10 wins and had her hand in coaching one All-Region Selection, Katie Thiebaut, in 2010 and two All-Conference Selections. Under her leadership, the team boasted a conference goalkeeper of the year and All-Region selection in Savannah Thompson and reached a high-water mark in 2010, when it defeated then-10th-ranked Fort Lewis 2-1, the highest-ranked team ever defeated by a CSU Pueblo squad.
Prior to CSU-Pueblo, at Oxnard College, Cassidy coached the Condors for one campaign, leading in a turnaround season from just two wins in 2007 to a respectable 8-9-2 mark in 2008. She also doubled the team roster at Oxnard from 12 members in 2007 to 24 members in 2008. Another coaching highlight in Cassidy’s career was serving a two-year stint as an assistant coach for W-League professional team the Ventura County Fusion.
During part of Cassidy’s first stint at CPP, she also served as the head coach at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, where her team won the 2003-04 Inland Valley League championship in just the program’s second year of existence. Cassidy’s Vista Del Lago High School teams earned three state tournament berths in her four seasons at the helm from 2002 through 2006, and she received coach of the year. With two stand out players, Colleen Gibson who earned an athletic scholarship to the Uni of Dayton and Leticia Villapondo earning a starting spot on the Mexico National Team and an athletic scholarship to UC Riverside.
As a player, Cassidy enjoyed a great deal of success, including two seasons playing on semi-pro teams in California. She was the team captain, earned best offensive player award and coaches award, during her two seasons at Riverside Community College. She lettered as a 4-year varsity soccer player, where she was captain for three years and earned several athletic awards at John W. North high school. She also made the USA Select team at age of 13.
Cassidy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design from San Diego State University in 2002, and her Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration in 2012 from Concordia University.