Michael Ray is in his first season as the assistant strength & condititiong coach for CSU football in 2014.
He joins the Rams after spending the past three years as an assistant sports performance coach at Wyoming, where his primary focus was with the football team. Ray brings five years of sports performance and strength & conditioning coaching experience to CSU.
A former Cowboys football defensive back, Ray assisted with all aspects of the football sports performance program. He was responsible for writing and implementing the training programs for all freshmen and developmental players; writing the pre-activity preparation as well as the plyometric programs for football; assisting with all aspects of the Cowboys' NFL Pro Day preparation and conducting workouts for injured football student-athletes during practice.
Prior to his position at Wyoming, Ray served as an assistant in the Arizona State University Sports Performance area within the ASU athletics department from January 2009 to January 2011. He was responsible for planning and implementing the strength & conditioning regimens for the women's volleyball, men's golf and women's tennis programs. Ray also assisted with the speed program for ASU football players leading up to the NFL Combine and Pro-timing days at Arizona State.
As a student-athlete with the Cowboys, Ray appeared in 43 career games and started 13 at strong safety. He tallied 68 total tackles, five pass breakups and one interception.
Ray earned his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and health promotion from Wyoming in May 2009 and his master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State in May 2011. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Michael and his wife Sara, a letterwinner on Wyoming's 2006 volleyball team, have two sons, Jordan and Jaxon. Sara was hired in June 2014 as CSU's director of student-athlete support services.
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