UW Athletics Department Announces Sports Medicine Staff Promotions and Hirings

Aug. 7, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The University of Wyoming Athletics Department has announced two promotions and three new hires within the UW Athletics Sports Medicine unit. Robb Williams has been promoted to Director of Sports Performance and Joi Thomas to Associate Head Athletics Trainer, along with the additions of Scott Knerr, Alison Mosel and Missy Schultz.

"Robb Williams and Joi Thomas are both very deserving of their promotions and we are very excited about the addition of Scott, Alison and Missy," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Matt Whisenant. "The well being of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance, and we feel each of these individuals will provide the highest level of coverage."

Williams has been a member of the UW Athletics staff for the past five years, beginning as the Head Athletics Trainer in the fall of 2003 for his second stint with the Department. He was an assistant athletics trainer and the head men's basketball trainer at Wyoming from 1988 to 1993. He also held previous positions with at Villanova University, Liberty University and Louisiana Tech among other outside opportunities.

Thomas came to Wyoming in the August of 2004 as a graduate assistant athletics trainer. She was then promoted to full time in December of 2005 as an athletics trainer in football. In her new position of Associate Head Athletics Trainer, she will serve as the primary athletics trainer for men's basketball while continuing her oversight of men's and women's track and field program. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Thomas served as the Head Athletics Trainer at Carroll College (Helena, Mont.) from August 1999 to July 2004. During that time, they won two NAIA National Championships in football.

Scott Knerr comes to Wyoming after spending the past eight years at Indiana University Purdue-Fort Wayne (IPFW). He oversaw the primary coverage of women's and men's volleyball along with supervisory coverage of men's and women's golf. While at Wyoming, he will be responsible for the primary coverage of women's volleyball. Prior to that, he worked at Registered Physical Therapists, Inc. from 1997-2000 in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Clinical athletic trainer. In addition to that, he served as a graduate assistant trainer at the University of Utah for two years (1995-97). His primary responsibilities included coverage of football, women's soccer and the nationally ranked women's gymnastics team. He earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. in 1995, while receiving his master's degree in sport management in 1997 from the University of Utah.

Alison Mosel joins the University of Wyoming Athletics after spending the last five years at Buena Vista University (Storm, Iowa). She oversaw the primary coverage of volleyball, men's basketball, baseball and softball, while being an instructor in the School of Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science and Athletic Training courses. She also provided coverage for women's tennis, cross country and men's and women's golf during her time there as well, along with several other administrative duties. Prior to joining BVU, she completed her master's degree in education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. During that time, she served as a graduate assistant from 2001-03. Her primary responsibilities included coverage of volleyball, softball, women's soccer and the track and field teams, while serving in a supervisory roll of the undergraduate athletics training students. A native of Orchard, Neb., Mosel graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD in the spring of 2001. While at Wesleyan, she interned at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS and Neu Physical Therapy Clinic in Lawrence, KS. Mosel is certified by the Board of Certification and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. She will handle the main coverage for women's basketball.

Missy Schultz comes to Wyoming after spending the last year at Judson University in Elgin Illinois. She oversaw the primary coverage of men's and women's soccer, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball. Prior to that, she was an assistant athletic trainer at Benedictine University (Lisle, Illinois). She completed her master's degree in education at Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) and during that time, she served as a graduate assistant from 2004-1006. Her primary responsibilities included coverage of women's soccer and softball, while assisting with other teams as needed. Schultz graduated from Western Illinois in Macomb, Illinois in the spring of 2004. While at Western Illinois, she was an student athletics trainer assisting with the coverage of various sports. Schultz is a member of and certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Her main duties will include the coverage of football and swimming.

"We are excited about these hires," said Williams. "It is a pleasure to work with these new athletic trainers who bring a great caring personality to the university. Joi Thomas ATC is very deserving of her promotion and is a great fit to work with Heath and the men's basketball team. She is a great young athletic trainer with devotion and loyalty to our athletes."

The promotions and hirings all became effective with the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2008.