Head Coach Dave Christensen announces new coaching staff duties.
Jason Ray is in his fourth year with the Wyoming Cowboys. He will move into a new role in 2012, teaming with Derek Sage to coach the Cowboy receivers. Ray coached the Cowboy running backs his first three seasons at Wyoming. His transition to coaching receivers should be a natural one for Ray as he played wide receiver at the University of Missouri from 2003-07.
Ray coached running back Alvester Alexander for all three years of his Wyoming playing career. Alexander declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season of 2011, and signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago Bears following the 2012 NFL Draft. Alexander concluded his Cowboy career ranked ninth on the school's career rushing list, with 2,127 career yards, and ranked third in career rushing touchdowns, with 27.
In 2010, Ray coached Alexander to Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference honors as he ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West and No. 80 in the nation in rushing, averaging 66.0 yards per carry. Alexander also ranked No. 5 in the MW and No. 74 in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 7.0 points per game. Alexander set new UW records for rushing touchdowns in a single season (14 in 2010) and a single game (5 vs. Colorado State in 2010).
The 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl versus Temple marked Ray's second bowl appearance as a coach. Wyoming's 35-28 win over Fresno State in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl was Ray's first bowl game as a coach. He was a member of four bowl teams during his five years as a student-athlete at Missouri .
Immediately prior to coming to Wyoming, Ray served as a Development Associate with the Tiger Scholarship Fund at his alma mater, the University of Missouri. Ray was also an intern in the Missouri marketing and development departments. He played wide receiver on the Tiger Football team from 2003-07.
Ray was elected a team captain his senior season of 2007 in what was the most successful season in Missouri school history. The Tigers ended the season with a school record 12 wins and were ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press rankings, which was the highest season-ending ranking in school history. He was part of a Missouri offense that ranked No. 5 in the nation in total offense, averaging 490.3 yards per game. The 2007 Tiger offense also ranked No. 8 in the NCAA in scoring offense (39.9 points per game) and No. 9 in passing offense (314.1 yards per game).
During his five years as a player at Missouri, the Tigers made four bowl appearances. His senior season, the Tigers defeated Arkansas, 38-7, in the Cotton Bowl. In 2006, Missouri played in the Sun Bowl, losing to Oregon State, 38-39. Following the 2005 season, Mizzou captured the Independence Bowl Championship with a 38-31 win over South Carolina, and in Ray's true freshman season of 2003 Missouri also played in the Independence Bowl, losing to Arkansas, 14-27.
Ray was a Second Team Academic All-Big 12 selection during his career. He also was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, and was voted president of the Mizzou Student-Athlete Advisory Committee his senior year of college.
A native of Porter, Okla., his younger brother Michael was a strong safety for the Wyoming Cowboys from 2004 to 2008, completing his eligibility just as the elder Ray was hired as an assistant coach for the Pokes. Michael Ray has since returned to the University of Wyoming, and is currently an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Wyoming.
Jason Ray completed his bachelor's degree in marketing from Missouri in December of 2007.
He will recruit the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma for the Cowboys.