Bassett, a native of Bulkington, England, spent the previous three years as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska women's soccer team. During that three-year stretch the Huskers went 23-23-2 while members of the Big 12 and Big 10, which included a 13-7-1 campaign in 2010 in which Nebraska went 9-1-0 at home.
Bassett also spent three seasons as a volunteer coach for the Huskers (2005, 2006 and 2008). During that time, he also coached the Bellevue West High School boys and girls squads and played two seasons for Bellevue University, helping the Bruins compile a 25-12 record. Bassett served several roles while on the Husker support staff, including alumni relations, video operations and game day operations.
Bassett moved to the United States in 2004 and began his coaching career with club teams in Kansas City and Omaha. He earned an engineering degree from North Warwickshire and Hinckley College in 2002. While in England, Bassett also spent time coaching the Coventry and Birmingham women's Centers of Excellence.