COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Buckeye Cassie Dickerson has been named Ohio State women’s soccer Director of Player Development, head coach Lori Walker announced Wednesday. Dickerson was a letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 2008-10 and is a three-time team captain.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be back with the program,” Dickerson said. “There are few things I'm more passionate about than this team, this athletics department and this University. I look forward to bringing my playing and professional experience to help the program achieve excellence both on and off the field. My goal is to help the student-athletes develop into well-rounded citizens and get the most out of this unparalleled experience as a Buckeye. By investing in the complete student-athlete experience, it will reflect in the standard of excellence not only on the field, but will build lifelong leaders that will positively impact our world."
Dickerson comes to Ohio State after a stint as Deputy Director of Transportation at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. During her time there, Dickerson ensured successful execution of the $10 million Committee on Arrangements transportation plan to provide safe and efficient transportation for over 15,000 convention attendees. Prior to her time at the RNC, Dickerson served as the coordinator of student-athlete development before being promoted to director of student-athlete development at Kansas, where she was responsible for leadership training, community engagement, professional development, planning and executing department events and programming. She served on multiple campus boards, including the University Events Committee, Athletic Advisory Committee and Diversity Committee. While at Kansas, Dickerson also served as a coach and co-director of the Sporting Kaw Valley Girls Academy.
During her playing days at Ohio State, Dickerson battled back from multiple knee injuries to captain the Buckeyes three times. Dickerson garnered NSCAA first team All-America and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year laurels in 2010, when she started all 24 matches, anchoring a defense that recorded 12 shutouts, while helping the Buckeyes to a Big Ten Championship and the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native was named first team All-Big Ten and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region in 2009 and 2010 and was a 2010 semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Dickerson also was a winner of the 2010 Big Ten Medal of Honor, which recognizes the athlete in the graduating class who has attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics, and was subsequently the Big Ten’s nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.
“When I learned that Cassie was back in Columbus, I knew immediately that I had to have her involved with our team,” Walker said. “There are few that have experienced what Cassie has as a female athlete in the Scarlet and Gray. Batting through three ACL injuries to return each time stronger and more determined than ever, Cassie learned to lead with a ‘No Excuse’ and take ‘Extreme Ownership’ of yourself and your teammates leadership voice. There is no doubt how or why our 2010 team achieved so much success with Cassie at the captain’s helm. Watching Cassie mentor and work with our current players on a daily basis makes me proud as I watch the past ‘what has been accomplished’ connect with the future ‘what can be achieved.’ I love having Cassie back in our locker room as she has so much to offer our aspiring, high achievement oriented young women.”
After graduating from Ohio State with a dual degree in animal science and nutrition, Dickerson retired from playing for the U.S. Youth National Teams to pursue her law degree at Kansas. During her second year of law school, Dickerson came out of retirement to captain the Jayhawks. She graduated from Kansas University with a certificate in media law and technology and was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 2014.