Sid Cassidy Inducted Into North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame

Sid Cassidy Inducted Into North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame

Together with Peter Carney, Pat Earey, Beth Harrell and Fritz Lehman, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Administrator Sid Cassidy was inducted in the North Carolina Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2020 in a ceremony held on September 24th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

His induction reads, “Sid Cassidy grew up in Kinston, North Carolina before his family moved to Delaware with DuPont Corporation. He attended North Carolina State University from 1974 to 1977.  While at North Carolina State from 1975-1976, Cassidy was an All-American swimmer for the Wolfpack. Cassidy was recognized as an Atlantic Coast Conference 3-time champion in both the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle events from 1975-1977.  

After college, Cassidy became an open water marathon swimmer. In 1979, Cassidy was ranked fourth in the world as a professional marathon swimmer after competing in marathons around the globe, including in Canada, France, and Egypt.  

Cassidy began his coaching career at the Wilmington (Delaware) Swim School & Aquatic Club as a Head Senior Swim Team Coach from 1979-1983, followed by Head Coach for the Greater Tampa Swimming Association 1983-85. In 1985, he became Assistant Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at Florida State University, followed by the head coaching job for Men’s & Women’s Swimming at James Madison University in 1992. Cassidy then served as Head Coach of Swimming and Diving for the University of Miami in Miami Florida from 1993-1998, followed by a position as Aquatic Director & Head Swim Coach for the Atlantic City Aquatic Club through 2005. There he founded a USA Swimming Club program, while also working for USA Swimming and FINA as an Open Water Swimming Coach and Administrator.

In these roles, he served as Director for the Around the Island Marathon Swim and created the FINA World Cup Event “10K for the USA” in 2002. He organized and ran the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit. Cassidy served as the Chairman for FINA at the first Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2008 Beijing Games. Later at the 2012 Olympics in London, Cassidy served as an assistant referee. In 2016, Cassidy stepped up as Head Referee for the Men’s Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Rio de Janeiro.   Cassidy currently serves as the Aquatic Director and Head Coach for Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Florida, where he began in 2005.”

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