Jan. 21, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming Director of Strength and Conditioning Trent Greener announced on Thursday the hiring of Michael Ray as a new Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at UW. Ray is a former Cowboy football student-athlete, having lettered for the Cowboys from 2005-08. He will work with a variety of sports at Wyoming, including assisting with football.
"I am extremely excited to add Coach Michael Ray to our staff," said Greener. "He brings both Division I athletic experience and familiarity to the Cowboy culture, as a former Wyoming football player. His recent coaching experience in the PAC-10, combined with his energy, enthusiasm and passion to be a great coach make him an ideal fit for our program. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly with Coach Ray coming to the University of Wyoming."
"I am very happy to be back at the University of Wyoming," said Ray. "I am excited to work in the UW athletics department with great administrators, coaches and student-athletes. The university has made so many positive changes within the two short years I've been away from campus, and I am excited to see what the next few years have in store."
Ray returns to Wyoming after serving as an assistant in the Arizona State University Sports Performance area within the ASU athletics department since January of 2009. Most recently, he was responsible for planning and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for the sports of women's volleyball, men's golf and women's tennis at ASU. Ray also assisted with the speed program for ASU football players leading up to the NFL Combine and Pro-timing days at Arizona State, and assisted with the sports of baseball, men's basketball and women's basketball.
The native of Porter, Okla., originally began at Arizona State as a graduate assistant in the ASU Sports Performance department. From January to May of 2009, Ray assisted the head coach for sports performance in working with the Sun Devil football team. Beginning in May of `09 through December of 2010, Ray took on the additional responsibility of working with a variety of ASU sports as their primary strength and conditioning coach.
As a football player for the Wyoming Cowboys, Ray played in 43 career games and started 13 at strong safety for the Cowboys. He concluded his career with 68 total tackles, five pass breakups and one career interception.
Ray earned his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and health promotion from UW in May 2009, and is on schedule to complete his master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in May of 2011.
He is married to the former Sara Hinrichs, who was a letterwinner for the Cowgirl volleyball team in 2006. Hinrichs later served as a graduate assistant with Wyoming volleyball for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The couple has a one-year old son, Jordan.
Ray fills the position previously held by assistant strength and conditioning coach Rob Hartman, who left UW in the winter of 2010 to train United States Special Forces troops.
Ray's older brother, Jason, is entering his third year as Wyoming's running backs coach in 2011.