Feb. 25, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Colorado State Athletics announces the addition of Michael Ray as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Ray will assist head football strength and conditioning coach Mike Kent, filling a position that was created when Rashad Harris was hired by Alabama A&M to lead its strength and conditioning program.
Ray comes to CSU after spending the past three years as an assistant sports performance coach at Wyoming, where his primary focus was with the football team. A former Cowboys football defensive back, Ray brings five years of sports performance and strength and conditioning coaching experience to his new position at CSU.
At Wyoming 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 and 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.
At Arizona State Ray initially served as a graduate assistant in the ASU Sports Performance department. From January-May 2009, Ray assisted the head coach for sports performance with the Sun Devil football team. Beginning in May of `09 through December of 2010, Ray added responsibilities for working with a variety of ASU sports as their primary strength and conditioning coach.
A native of Porter, Okla., Ray played in 43 career games and started 13 at strong safety for the Cowboys. He posted 68 career 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's wife, the former Sara Hinrichs, was a letterwinner for the Wyoming volleyball team in 2006 and served as a graduate assistant for the team from 2007-08. The couple has two sons, Jordan (4) and Jaxon (1).
Harris, who spent two years at CSU after his hire in 2012, returns to his home state with his position at Alabama A&M in Huntsville, near his hometown of Athens, Ala.
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