Cassaundra Thorpe, who now serves as the Director for Student-Athlete Development, was hired as the Director of Life Skills at the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Her responsibilities include developing and maintaining the Life Skills program at UC, overseeing community engagement and service projects as well as academic awards. She also focuses on student-athletes' personal development and career development.
An active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics, Thorpe is a co-advisor for SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee).
Before coming to Cincinnati, Thorpe served a one-year internship at Xavier University as an athletic academic advisor. At Xavier, she monitored and communicated the progress of student-athletes' academic, athletic, personal and postgraduate development.
Thorpe is a native of Portsmouth, N.H. and graduated from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then attended Springfield College (Springfield, MA) and graduated with a Master's of Education in Athletic Counseling in 2010.
At Saint Anselm College, Thorpe played forward for all four seasons, earning weekly honor roll recognition throughout each season. She holds the record for the highest field goal percentage in a single season (.603). She led her team in overall points during her senior season with 274 points (10.1/game).