Cassie Mackell
Cassie Mackell
Assistant Director of Athletics
Cassie Mackell is entering her third season as Assistant Director of Athletics after six years as the department's administrative assistant. She also spent the previous seven seasons as head women's tennis coach.

In her seven seasons at the helm of the women's tennis program, Mackell has made a significant impact. Mackell has amassed a record of 111-55 and led the Knights to a school-record 21 victories in 2011-12. After guiding the Knights to three straight regular season and tournament runner-up finishes, Mackell's program finally broke through and earned the 2014 Crossroads League regular season championship, the first outright title in program history. During her time at MU, she brought MU into the national rankings and has maintained its status as a nationally ranked program since the 2012-13 season. MU was ranked in 30 consecutive polls before falling out in the spring of 2015. She has been named Crossroads League Coach of the Year in each of the last three seasons and has earned the award four times.

Mackell recruited and coached the all-time winningest player in program history in Brittney Horlacher from 2010-14. Her student-athletes have set and/or re-set each single-season and career record in program history. Over her tenure at MU, she has guided 14 players to all-league honors, coached the 2009 ITA Midwest Regional Champion and has been named league coach of the year on three occasions. She coached Hannah Ruegsegger to Daktonics-NAIA Scholar Athlete honors and, most importantly, her team was recognized as the winner of the 2011-12 Buffalo Funds NAIA Champions of Character Team for their dedication and service to the community. Her team is the first in department history to earn the honor.

Over the past three seasons, MU has earned runner-up finishes in both the regular season and league tournament behind Indiana Wesleyan. MU has gone 21-3 in league play over that span and has lost in the tournament final each season. Last season, MU finished 17-9 with a 7-1 mark in the league and finished the campaign ranked No. 22 in the NAIA. In 2012-13, MU finished 16-9 and had a 7-1 mark in league play with a No. 21 ranking to close the season. Her 2011-12 team set a new mark for victories in a season with a 21-6 record that also ended in a runner-up finish in both the regular season and tournament. 

She guided the Knights to a 15-7 record in 2010-11 after a 2009-10 that culminated in her being named MCC Coach of the Year. In 2009-10, she also coached the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional champion, and had two of her starters named All-Conference for the first time in seven years. Her team finished 13-7 and 6-2 in the MCC in 2009-10. 

Mackell followed the Knights' first-ever trip to the NAIA Regional tournament in 2007-08 with a 12-9 mark in her first season (2008-09). She was without the services of two of the most successful players in school history as they had graduated before her rookie campaign, but she was able to steer the Knights to a winning season in her first year.

A four-year player at Milligan College in Tennessee, Mackell was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Sportswoman of the Year as a senior, which is one of the conference's highest honors. In her four years, she went 48-18 at No. 1 singles and was named NAIA Region XII Player of the Year as a junior. She was AAC runner-up at No. 1 singles in 2003 and 2004 and was AAC champion at No. 1 doubles in 2003 and 2005. She was also named the 2006 NAIA ITA/Arthur Ashe Leader and Sportsmanship Award winner in 2006.

On October 28, 2011, Mackell was honored by her alma mater when she was inducted into the Milligan College Athletics Hall of Fame for her contributions to the women's tennis program and the department of athletics.

Mackell oversees day-to-day business operations. She and husband Steve, the MU head men's tennis coach, reside in Greenfield, Ind.