Heartfelt Thanks to David Cassidy
The College of Health and Public Affairs recognizes the hard work and dedication of David Cassidy, co-founder of the UCF Athletic Training Program.
Cassidy was instrumental in establishing the Athletic Training Program at a time when the career was quickly becoming recognized as an allied health profession after approval from the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education. In 1999, Cassidy not only helped develop the curriculum along with co-founder, Vincent Hudson, he also served as the clinical education coordinator and the program director before leaving the university in 2004.
The program continued to grow under the direction of Dr. Kristen Schellhase. In 2009, Cassidy was asked to come back to the university as an adjunct instructor. He agreed and not only taught but also served as a member of the program’s Advisory Board Committee. With his enthusiasm for the profession and his natural teaching ability he was loved by the students he taught.
The athletic training profession is in transition and a master’s degree will soon be required in order to become certified. UCF will switch to the master of athletic training degree in 2019. The undergraduate evening courses Cassidy loved to teach will no longer be offered, so he will once again conclude his time with UCF at the end of this fall 2017 semester.
Cassidy is employed full time as the assistant director of marketing and business development with Florida Hospital Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is still deeply involved in the profession. He received his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and his master’s degree in education from Auburn University. His clinical career in athletics included the provision of services to professional athletes including the NBA Orlando Magic, WNBA Orlando Miracle, World Cup Soccer, Olympic Games, Orlando Predators, and the United States Tennis Association.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that we thank David Cassidy for his dedication to the UCF Athletic Training Program and to the profession of athletic training. It is our hope that he will continue to support the program as a member of the advisory board, a guest speaker, and a life-long mentor to faculty, alumni, and students.