Cashmore Returns to Drake as a Member of the Football Staff
DES MOINES, Iowa – Willie Cashmore, a former Drake University football standout, has returned to his alma mater as the tight ends coach, head coach Chris Creighton announced Thursday.
“I’m excited to be back at my alma mater and in a place that I’m very familiar with,” Cashmore said. “I had a great experience at Drake as a student-athlete and want to help create that same experience for the current and future players. The expectations at Drake are certainly high and I’m excited to be a part of trying to win a third straight PFL championship.”
Cashmore will coach the Bulldogs’ tight ends after spending the last four seasons as an assistant at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. In those four seasons, he helped transform the Reivers from a first-year program in 2009 to an NJCAA National Championship in 2012. During the national championship season, Cashmore coached the team’s defensive backs and special teams as the team recorded a sterling 12-0 record en route to the title with 10 Reivers earning All-America honors. During his first three seasons at IWCC, he coached the team’s running backs and also oversaw the program’s special teams in 2010 and 2011.
“We are extremely excited about Coach Cashmore returning home to his alma mater to coach,” Creighton said. “I had the chance to get to know him as he was finishing school when I first arrived at Drake and am now thankful that things have come full circle. He is a talented coach and an even better person.”
As a student-athlete, Cashmore lettered four seasons at Drake (2003, 05, 06, 07) and received a bachelor’s degree in math education in 2007. On the field, he set program records and led the Pioneer Football League in scoring with 108 points in 2006 and tied the single-game scoring record with 30 points in a contest at Jacksonville. He also ranked ninth nationally in the FCS in scoring that season while earning All-PFL honors. Following his graduation, Cashmore spent a year in China teaching English through Drake’s Teach in China Program before joining the staff at IWCC.
Cashmore, who came to Drake as a student-athlete from St. Pius X High School in Kansas City, Mo., recently married the former Kara Engebrecht, a fellow Drake graduate and volleyball student-athlete. His brother, Pat, was also a member of the Bullddogs’ football program who led the team in rushing in 2011.