Cassie Carey - Head Coach Cassie Carey is very excited for the opportunity to be the Raider women’s basketball head coach for her first season!
Cassie graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1999. She was part of Pequot’s 1,000 point club. She was a four year varsity basketball starter, as well as a three year varsity starter in volleyball and golf.
After high school, Cassie went on to play one year at CLC, where she played both basketball and led the women’s golf team to a national tournament. She then attended the University of Wisconsin, Superior, to play for two full seasons, but an ankle injury ended her playing career her senior year.
After graduation from college, Cassie helped run the Pequot Lakes girls basketball AAU program for five summers, alongside then coach Bill Larson (North Tartan Director). She assisted Pequot Lakes girls basketball team in 2005, where they played in the state championship. Beyond this experience, she went on to be a head volleyball coach, head swim coach, assistant varsity softball coach, and spent numerous seasons assisting and running camps at all age levels for basketball. In 2011, she was named the Alaska state coach of the year in volleyball, and developed and ran a successful boys’ basketball program in Valdez, Alaska. During this time she taught Health and Physical Education at the Valdez High School.
Cassie has just recently graduated from Central Lakes College – Brainerd Campus with her Registered Nursing degree, and currently works with Essentia Health and Crow Wing County as the Crow Wing Energized Health and Wellness Coordinator.
Coach Carey’s main goal as the head coach is to develop a program that represents the community and the college in a positive manner. She believes that by mentoring and developing not only basketball skills, but also life skills is a valuable piece in creating a positive team atmosphere, and a more complete student athlete! If you think that this sounds like a team atmosphere you’d like to be part of, please contact Coach Carey, she looks forward to hearing from you!
CLC women’s basketball has a long history of excellent competition, highlighted by the 1996 national championship, in which Coach Carey was a freshman in high school and attended this national championship in New York to watch her sister Angie Evenson play under then Head Coach Dennis Eastman. The Raiders made it to the Elite Eight in 2008. The NJCAA Division III tournament continues to be held in New York, and each year’s goal is to earn a piece of that March Madness.
Coach Carey will work with the region’s top high school graduates to form a unit that optimizes individual strengths, team camaraderie, and a winning attitude. With that development, her goal would be to assist however she can to help her student athlete’s to be prepared to play at the next level!