Cassandra “Cassie” Dib embodies JWU spirit and is described as energetic, empathetic and engaging. Cassie is also JWU’s head spirit-squad coach for Athletics. This role oversees cheerleading, dance, the JWU pep band and Wildcat Willie. The Wildcat spirit squads have been instrumental in creating an exciting environment for the community and fans.
After taking over the JWU cheerleading program in 2017, Cassie led the Wildcats to the 2019 NCA National Championships. She got her coaching career started at Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she was the head cheerleading coach from 2006-2011. A graduate of William Penn University, she earned her degree in exercise science. During her time at William Penn, Cassie was a four-year member of the cheerleading team and served as captain her senior year.
Cassie resides in Seekonk, MA, with with husband Eli and sons Jaden (12), Luka (6) and Elias, who will be turning two next month. Their dog Rocco, a bernedoodle, rounds out the family.
1. What new hobby would you pursue if you had more time? I would love to have a small farm. We have a large blueberry patch, but I would love to add some chickens and a large vegetable garden.
2. What’s your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island? The Square Peg in Warren
3. If you could learn another language, what would you choose? Arabic. I know a little Arabic but my husband’s family all speaks it. I would love to be fluent and teach my boys as well.
4. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of—personally and/or professionally? Professionally, I am most proud of the growth of the cheerleading team at JWU and our top five finish in the NCA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona, Florida last year. We competed in the DII Game Day Division. I am so excited to be working with the JWU dance team, our mascot, and the pep band this upcoming year.
Personally, I am most proud of my son Jaden for finishing his first year of racing at the Seekonk Speedway. Racing runs in the family. I started racing four-wheelers at age eight, and later got into drag racing (see picture below) and autocross with my oldest brother. My husband now races sport trucks and our oldest son races in the bandalero division. Our middle son Luka hopes to join by racing his own bandalero in 2020.
5. What’s your favorite thing about JWU? I love that our students have so many opportunities to be involved on campus. Not only do they have the resources to be successful in the classroom, but also there are so many ways for students to be engaged in whatever their personal interests are.