The Cape Breton Eagles have named Chadd Cassidy as the club’s new head coach.
A native of Lake Placid, New York, Cassidy comes to Cape Breton with 20 years of coaching experience including time spent in the AHL (Rochester), USHL (Omaha), and with the US national team development program (NTDP). “Chadd’s background in the development of young players, coupled with his consistent success at the pro level and the US national program make him a good fit for our team,” says Eagles president Gerard Shaw. “We are thrilled to welcome Chadd to Cape Breton.”
Cassidy’s five year tenure as an assistant coach with the USA NTDP included a gold medal at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship in Germany. He also helped lead Team USA to titles at the 2010 Four Nations Cup and the 2011 Five Nations Tournament.
Following his time with the NTDP, Cassidy spent four years with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, the final two and a half years as head coach. The Americans made the playoffs three times during Cassidy’s stint in the AHL.
From 2015-16 to 2020-21, Cassidy was head coach for Northwood School (New York high school prep), compiling a record of 211-56-19. In the 2018-19 season, the Boys’ Junior Team won Northwood its first ever New York State Tier 1 18U Championship, and placed third in the nation.
In 2016 Cassidy was inducted into the New York State Coaches Hall of Fame, the youngest coach to ever receive this honour. Cassidy lives in Lake Placid with his wife Tara, son Sheldon and daughter Ireland.
“I am honored and excited to be the next Head Coach of the Cape Breton Eagles,” said Cassidy. “The rich history and tradition of hockey in Cape Breton speaks for itself. My family and I can’t wait to get started and are looking forward to becoming part of the Eagles family.” Cassidy will arrive in Cape Breton in the coming weeks, pending the approval of his Canadian work permit.