Academics Staff Contact Information
OUR STAFF: (All phone #'s area code 307)
Phil Wille is currently the Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, a position he has held since January 2013. In this role, Wille oversees the Office of Academic Support and the Compliance Office. This is Wille's second stint at Wyoming after spending two years at the Ohio State University as the Associate Director for Compliance. In his previous role at Wyoming, Wille served in various sport administration positions at the University of Wyoming, culminating in his promotion to Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services in 2009. A native of Hilliard, Ohio, Wille was a four time letter winner in the sport of Men's Basketball at Valparaiso University. While at Valparaiso, Wille earned both his bachelor's (2002) and juris doctorate (2005) degrees and served as a compliance intern.Wille and his wife Katie have one daughter, Penelope.
Sara Ray joined the UW Office of Academic Support in March of 2011. Ray is the academic coordinator for soccer, tennis, and women's basketball. 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, in addition to other teams. Ray also served as a volunteer assistant coach for Grand Canyon University Volleyball during the 2010 season and was a coach for Club Red in 2010 and Arizona Volleyball Academy in 2009. 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 and chairperson for the Mountain West Conference her senior year. During her collegiate coaching and playing years combined, she has been a member of four teams to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) team academic honors, in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008. Originally from Windsor, Colorado, Ray earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UW in 2006 and proceeded to earn her Master of Arts in Communication in 2010. Ray 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 a son, Jordan.
Marie Tyrrell joined the UW Office of Academic Support in July of 2011. She serves as the Academic Coordinator for the volleyball and men's and women's track/cross country teams, as well as the coordinator for the mentoring program. Prior to joining OAS, Tyrrell served as Assistant Academic Coordinator for the football and men's tennis teams at North Carolina State University. In addition to that role, she also worked with NC State's Eligibility Coordinator to organize and monitor the initial and continuing eligibility of the student-athletes for all teams. Prior to NC State, Tyrrell spent five years as an undergraduate and graduate student at Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, she served in multiple roles in Student-Athlete Support Services, including tutor, mentor, and Assistant Academic Coordinator for women's crew. Tyrrell earned a B.S. in Sociology from MSU in 2009 and went on to earn an M.S. in Kinesiology (Student-Athlete Development concentration) in 2010.
Steven Cox joined the UW Office of Academic Support in April of 2012. He serves as the academic coordinator for swimming/diving, wrestling and golf. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Cox served as a learning specialist in the FedEx Student-Athlete Academic Support Center in the University of Mississippi Athletic Department. Prior to that role, Steven served as Intern for Student-Athlete Development working with the Champs/Lifeskills program through the NCAA with the Ole Miss Athletic Department. In this position, Steven worked with every sport mainly with career and personal development, and community outreach, and also served as the co-advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Before that, Steven worked as a tutor, mentor, practicum student, and graduate assistant in the Ole Miss Athletic Department. He went on to earn the Tutor of the Year Award in 2008. Steven earned his B.A. in History and his M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel in 2011 both from the University of Mississippi. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education in Adult and Post-Secondary Education from the University of Wyoming.
Ryan McGinn joined the Office of Academic Support in January of 2012. He is the academic coordinator for football. McGinn received an undergraduate degree from Southern Virginia University in History with a minor in Business Management and Leadership in 2011. He will pursue his Master's degree in History at UW beginning in the fall of 2012. While at Southern Virginia McGinn competed in football, was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and the Chi Epsilon Omega Business Honors Society. He is married to the former Brynn Hansen. McGinn was born on June 27 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Bruce Martin is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University where he captained the basketball team while playing for Coach Rick Barnes and current Cowboy head coach Larry Shyatt. Upon graduation form Clemson, Bruce spent the last 18 years in the coaching profession and most recently was the head basketball coach at DII Davis & Elkins College in WV. In 1997-1998, he spent a season in Laramie as a graduate assistant for Coach Shyatt during his first tenure at the helm of the Cowboy basketball program.
Karina Garlington joined the Office of Academic support as a graduate assistant in August 2012. She serves as the assistant academic coordinator for Olympic sports as well as the assistant coordinator for the tutor and mentor program at UW. Garlington received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in Sports Management with a minor in Business in 2011. While at the University of Kansas, Garlington was a member of the KU Volleyball team and went on to earn the 2011 Marlene Mawson Female Athlete of the Year Award and the Dr. Bob Frederick Senior Scholar Athlete award. Garlington is currently pursuing a Master in Adult and Postsecondary education from the University of Wyoming.