Sara Ray

Director of Student-Athlete Support Services   

Sara Ray, a Windsor, Colorado native, is a former DI Volleyball player at the University of Wyoming. Ray earned her B.A. and M.A. from UW. Ray spent time working at Arizona State University before returning to her alma mater and eventually becoming the Director of Student-Athlete Support Services at Colorado State University.


KEY CCS, Summer Internship Program

Becky Orr

Asst. Director of Student-Athlete Support Services

Becky Orr, a Mustkegon, Michigan native, has been with the CSU Student Athlete-Support Services office for six years. Orr began her career at CSU as an Academic Coordinator in 2010 and moved into the Assistant Director position in 2013. Becky earned her B.S. from Michigan State University and continued to earn her M.A. and M.S. from MSU in 2008

Women's Basketball, Football

Business/Human Resources, GOLD Team




Joylynn Benefiel

Academic Coordinator

A Fort Collins, Colorado native, Joy Benefiel entered her position as Academic Coordinator after working for the SASS office for five years. Prior to becoming an Academic Coordinator, Benefiel worked in the SASS office as an Office Coordinator among other things. Benefiel is a CSU graduate, earning her B.A. and M.A. from Colroado State University. She has also worked in other roles across campus, primarily in the Resources for Disabled Students Office. 

Men's Basketball, Softball, Women's Tennis

Guest Coaches Program, Curriculum, Teaching and Research, Graduate Students

Marie Tyrrell

Asst. Director of Student-Athlete Support Services

Marie Tyrrell, a Manistique, Michigan native, joined the CSU Student-Athlete Support Services office after spending time working for the University of Wyoming Academic Support office.Prior to her time at UW, Tyrrell worked at North Carolina State University. Tyrrell earned her B.S. from Michigan State University in 2009 and obtained her M.S.from MSU in 2010. 

Cross Country, Track & Field, Volleyball

Intern Supervisor, Rambition, Transfer Evaluations




Cheryl  Walther

Cheryl Walther

Learning Specialist

Cheryl joins us from the University of South Florida, where she served as a Learning Specialist for the past 2 years. She has also made stops at Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin, gaining experience in both the Athletics side of the house as well as serving as a campus academic advisor. Cheryl earned a Master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both at the University of Florida.

Learning Assistance Program, SDC Liasion, Tutor Program

Kerry Wright

Academic Coordinator

Kerry Wright, a 2011 Xavier University Sport Management graduate and former Division I swimmer, began at CSU in the fall of 2015. Kerry joins SASS after spending the past year at the University of Miami where she served as an Athletic Academic Support intern. In this role she worked with several teams including football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball in addition to gaining experience as an assistant for various student-athlete development programs. Prior to Miami, Kerry earned a Master’s in Business Administration at Xavier while serving as a graduate assistant coach for the Swimming and Diving program for 2 years and as a graduate assistant intern for Athletic Academic Support.

Men's & Women's Golf, Women's Swimming & Diving, Women's Soccer

Communications, Student-Athlete Development





                                           Chad Allen

Assistant Academic Coordinator - Football

                                          Kirby Boehm

Assistant Academic Coordinator- Football

                                         Robyn Oakley

Assistant Academic Coordinator- Olympic Sports