Sara Ray Selected for Participation in National Academic Professional Development Institute

Feb. 23, 2012

Laramie, Wyo. - Sara Ray, an academic coordinator in the Office of Academic Support in the University of Wyoming Athletics Department, has been selected as one of only 20 individuals nationally to participate in an upcoming professional development institute conducted by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. The purpose of the professional development institute is to advance the development of individuals who desire to provide leadership to student-athlete support service units in college athletics.

Ray was chosen in a competitive application process that required each candidate to provide a personal statement describing their interest in the program to accompany their other application materials. Individuals are selected to the program based on their potential to serve as a director of a student-athlete support service unit in the next one-three years.

The institute incorporates a series of intensive and interactive seminars led by veteran academic directors, who are committed to teaching and mentoring potential new directors. Areas that are included in the seminar sessions will be: leadership, management and campus diplomacy; human resource and program management; strategic planning, unit budgeting and facility management; dealing with power coaches; and navigating the director interview process.

The institute begins in the spring of 2012 with a series of assignments, readings and mentoring. The in-person seminar sessions will be held June 5-7 prior to the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics national convention in Buffalo, N.Y.

Ray joined the UW Office of Academic Support in March of 2011. Ray is the academic coordinator for soccer, tennis, and swimming and diving as well as the coordinator for the tutor program. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Support, Ray worked as a Senior Instructional Specialist in the Office of Student-Athlete Development at Arizona State University from 2009-2010, working mainly with the sports of football and women's basketball.

From 2007-2008, Ray worked as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Wyoming Volleyball team. She was a defensive specialist/libero for the Cowgirls from 2003-2006 and was voted president of the UW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Chairperson for the Mountain West Conference SAAC her senior year.

Originally from Windsor, Colo., Ray earned her bachelor of arts in communication from UW in 2006 and proceeded to earn her master of arts in communication in 2010. She is married to Michael Ray, a Wyoming football player from 2004-2008 who now serves as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cowboys. They have one son, Jordan.