Cassie Kowaleski enters her third season, as the director of basketball operations for the women's basketball team. During her first two season with ISU, she helped the Redbirds to a record-setting 2010-11 season, and two-straight Postseason WNIT appearances.
In her capacity as director of basketball operations, Kowaleski handles team student-managers, video exchange and editing for scouting, summer camp administration and serves as a liaison for alumni, among other administrative duties.
Kowaleski spent the 2009-10 as a graduate assistant at Tennessee. She was involved with recruiting mailings, summer camps, scouting and video editing. Tennessee went 32-3 during that season, won the SEC regular-season and tournament championships and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
Kowaleski began work towards a master's degree in sports psychology at Tennessee and completed her studies at Illinois State.
Kowaleski earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Marquette in 2006. She spent five seasons as a student worker for the Golden Eagles, assisting with recruiting and video editing.
After graduating from Marquette, Kowaleski spent a year coaching high school sports. She was an assistant basketball coach at Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, Wis., and was an assistant soccer coach at De Pere High School in her hometown of Green Bay, Wis.