Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown/Residence: Poway, Calif./Poway, Calif.
Birth Date: May 25, 1989
College/Major/Grad Year: Stanford/Political Science/2011
Joined Team: January 2011
- Named to every U.S. Women's National Team Roster in 2013, earning two gold medals and a silver medal in four tournaments
- Started all seven matches at outside hitter helping U.S. win 2012 Pan American Cup
- Helped U.S. win bronze at 2011 Pan American Games in playing 16 of 17 sets in international debut at the senior level
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION:
2015 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...Pan American Games (Gold).
2014 - Pan American Cup (Silver)...USA Volleyball Cup vs. Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (5th Preliminary Round)
2013 - Pan American Cup (Gold)...USA Volleyball Cup vs Japan...FIVB World Grand Prix (6th)...NORCECA Championship (Gold)...FIVB Grand Champions Cup (Silver).
2012 - Pan American Cup (Gold).
2011 – Pan American Games (Bronze).
Did You Know
- At age nine, was told she would never be able to walk again because of unrelenting pain in her left leg. She battled through the chronic pain that she still has to manage today. Story
- Created her own volleyball clinic series called Play with a Purpose in which all money goes to benefit the Ronald McDonald House
- Selected AVCA All-America First-Team in 2009 and 2010, capping a four-year career at Stanford
- Selected CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First-Team Academic All-American as a senior in 2010
- Graduated from Stanford University in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree majoring in political science and followed with master of arts degree in history later in the year
- Helped U.S. Women's Junior National Team to 4th-place finish at 2007 FIVB Women's U-20 World Championship
- Elected to the San Diego Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005
- Named a PrepVolleyball Finalist and National High School Junior of the Year in 2005
- Started playing club volleyball in 2000 with San Diego Volleyball Club 12-1
The Big Blurb
"My athletic career should have been over before it even started. I woke up one day when I was nine years old and couldn’t walk. For seven months I was on crutches as I saw one doctor after another. None of them could find any way to break through the constant pain and I wasn’t supposed to walk ever again. I made the choice to walk anyway, but I skipped over the part about getting better. Instead, I decided I wanted to be a volleyball player and I made the pain even worse. It’s been over 14 years now and the pain has never stopped." - Cassidy Lichtman, taken from USA Volleyball article on Jan. 14, 2013
- The Players' Tribune: Pain and Gain
- USA Volleyball Video Interview: Get to Know Cassidy Lichtman (Aug. 10, 2013)
- Cassidy Lichtman Blog: Don't Bully the Passion Out of Greatness (Dec. 2, 2013)
- Story Behind Lichtman Creating Play with a Purpose Volleyball Clinics (Jan. 14, 2013)
Last Updated: Aug. 6, 2015
More Stories ›