Mississippi State Athletic Academics
Welcome to the team of Athletic Academics! We are a group of athletic academic counselors, tutors, and administrative staff that are here to assist student-athletes in reaching all of their academic goals. Our goal is to enable the student-athletes to reach full academic potential and to pursue whatever degree and/or degrees they choose. Athletic Academics provides an environment which is conducive to learning and stimulates growth as a student and as an athlete. We look forward to the success of our current and future student-athletes, both academically and athletically.
The Athletic Academic Staff will become involved in all phases of a student-athlete's academic career, including, but not limited to:
1. Course selection based on the student's abilities assessed from test scores and transcripts
The Office of Athletic Academics is housed in the Templeton Athletic Academic Center. It was completed in November 2008 and opened in the same month. The facility is an addition to two existing facilities in the athletic wing of the MSU campus - the Shira Complex and the Holliman Athletic Center. It is situated on the south side of those two facilities, and across the street from the Bryan Athletic Administration Building.
The 34,000 square-foot building serves the entire athletic department, houses the Athletic Academics offices and staff, and includes individual computer rooms, tutor work areas, a large open study area and a 300-seat dining facility with a fully-functioning kitchen.
RAY BERRYHILL - Director of Athletic Academics Support Servicves Assistant AD (Joined Staff - 1982, 1989)
Berryhill is in his 28th year overall with the Mississippi State University Athletic Department. As the Director, Berryhill administers to the day-to-day administrative and academic needs of all student-athletes at Mississippi State University. In addition, Berryhill oversees the daily academic progress of the Baseball Bulldogs as their athletic academic counselor.
Berryhill is in his second tour of duty in the department. A 1980 graduate of Mississippi State University, he served first as a graduate assistant coach with the MSU track program and received his Masters of Education degree in 1981. In 1984 he was named director of athletic academics at the University of Alabama, overseeing the academic progress for all Crimson Tide student-athletes. He returned to State as director of athletic academics in January 1989, and in August 2000 was promoted to assistant athletic director for academics. Berryhill also serves as the academic liaison for the Provost Office. Under his supervision, MSU's student-athletes have enjoyed unprecedented success in the classroom, frequently establishing school and conference records for combined grade point average. Berryhill also serves as supervisor of on-campus housing for all student-athletes through the MSU Office of Housing and Residence Life.
A native of Gloster, Miss., he and his wife, Dr. Amy Huff Berryhill of Ferriday, La., are the parents of a son, Cody, and a daughter, Carolina.
LYNDA MOORE - Associate Director of Athletic Academics (Joined Staff - 2002)
Beginning her 12th year with the Mississippi State athletic family, Lynda Moore serves as the Associate Director and manages the day to-day academic requirements and needs of the Men's Tennis program. Moore was promoted to Associate Director in July 2013.
Prior to that, she had served as the athletic academic counselor for Men’s Basketball for 12 seasons as well as working with Softball, Women’s Tennis, Men and Women’s Track, Women’s Golf and Volleyball throughout the years. Moore obtained her bachelor's degree in English in 1997 from Stetson University in Deland, Fla., and completed her Master’s degree from Mississippi College in 2012. Moore also served on the women's softball coaching staff at Belhaven College during the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Born in Yazoo City, Miss., Moore is married to Sergeant First Class David Moore, who serves as a recruiter for the Army National Guard on the Mississippi State University campus. They are the parents of three sons - Rylan James, Corey Ross, and Tanner Ray - and one daughter - Lillie Brynn.
DANIEL MORGAN - Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Support Services (Joined Staff - 2009)
In his current duties Daniel manages the Tutorial and Study Hall services, manages all textbook distribution, serves as the office’s technology coordinator, as well as other administrative duties. Daniel was named Assistant Director for the Department of Athletic Academic Support Services in the fall of 2013 after serving as an Academic Counselor in charge of all Tutorial and Study Hall services since the spring of 2009.
Daniel also served the Department as a Graduate Assistant from 2007-2009. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree from Mississippi State in 1999 and his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Mississippi State in 2009.
Daniel relocated to Starkville in1995. Daniel is married to Karla Morgan and they have two sons, Cade and Carver.
KYLIE AMATO - Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2009)
Amato serves as the Academic Athletic Counselor for Football (Defense) and Volleyball.
Prior to joining MSU, Amato was an Assistant Director at Florida State University where she served, as the Academic Counselor for Women's Basketball, Baseball and Women's Tennis. She also served as the bookstore liaison between Academics and the University Bookstore ensuring all scholarship athletes received recommended textbooks and supplies for their courses. In addition, she served as the Advising Coordinator between Academic Athletic Advising and Advising First. In addition, she served as a staff representative to FSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).
Amato, a native of Toomsuba, Miss., was a letter winner in volleyball at the University of West Alabama where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Moving into coaching thereafter, Amato joined the Northwestern State University Volleyball Program as a graduate assistant coach. While there, she earned her Master's Degree in Sports Administration. Also, Amato completed a second Master's through the University of West Alabama in Continuing Education with a concentration in Counseling/Psychology in December 2012. Amato is currently an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
SIDNEY BALL - Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2013)
Ball’s main responsibilities include tracking the academic progress of student athletes in the sports of men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s soccer.
Prior to joining MSU, Ball spent eight years working in the academic advising departments at University of Alabama-Birmingham and Georgia State University. While at GSU, Ball was in charge of student athlete community service for the entire athletic department. He helped organize over 5,000 hours of community service for the student athletes during his time at Georgia State University. While advising the men’s basketball team at GSU, Ball helped lead the team to receiving the highest GPA they have had within the last three years.
A native of Duncanville, Ala., Ball earned his bachelor's degree in justice sciences from UAB in 2005. Ball is a former UAB student-athlete, lettering four seasons on the Blazers' men's basketball team. He is currently an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
JAMIE GATHING - Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2013)
Jamie serves as the Athletic Academic Counselor for Women’s Basketball and the Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country programs.
Prior to joining MSU, Gathing was the academic advisor for several sports at Kennesaw State University. She also served as a mathematics teacher and basketball coach from 2005-2007 at Gulliver Schools in Miami, Florida.
A native of Kankakee, IL, Jamie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing and a Master of Science degree in sport administration from Indiana University. Gathing was also a member of the Indiana Hoosier’s women’s basketball team that captured the Big Ten Tournament title in 2002. Most recently, Jamie received her master’s certificate in academic advising from Kansas State University and is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), as well as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
JILLIAN GUY - Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2011)
Guy serves as the Athletic Academic Counselor for Football (Offense) and Women’s Golf.
In July 2009, Jillian joined the Department of Athletic Academics as an intern with plans to pursue a master's degree in business administration. After one year, Jillian moved into a Graduate Assistant position. She completed her MBA and joined the staff full-time in May 2011 as an Assistant Athletic Academic Counselor, working with Softball, Women’s Tennis and assisting with Football. In July 2012 she was promoted to Athletic Academic Counselor working with Softball, Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Men & Women’s Golf and assisting with Baseball. Jillian completed an additional master’s in sport administration in December 2012.
Jillian, a native of Crossville, Tenn., originally joined the Bulldog family in August 2005 as a member of the MSU Women's Golf team. During her time as a student-athlete, she was active in M-Club, serving as Secretary her senior year. She was also named to the SEC Women’s Golf Community Service team in 2008. She completed her bachelor's degree in business administration in May 2009.
SAWYER BOWERING - Assistant Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2013)
Bowering is currently assigned to work with Softball, Women’s Tennis, and assist with Baseball. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration and will graduate in December 2013.
Bowering began working with the Department of Athletic Academics as a Graduate Assistant in the summer of 2012 working with Men’s Basketball and Men’s Tennis. She also assisted with Housing Assignments for all student-athletes living on campus.
Sawyer Bowering, a native of Madison, MS, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching/Coaching. After graduating, she taught in the Madison County School District for two years where she also coached Volleyball, Basketball, and Track & Field.
JIMMY GLASSFORD - Assistant Athletic Academic Counselor (Joined Staff - 2013)
Jimmy is joining the Department of Athletic Academics as an Assistant Athletic Academic Counselor for tutorial services and study hall. He also serves as the counselor for the athletic student workers at Mississippi State.
Jimmy holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from North Greenville University (May 2010) along with a master’s degree in Sport & Entertainment Management from the University of South Carolina (Dec 2011). Prior to graduating with his master’s degree, he started working in January 2011 as an academic intern with the South Carolina Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Staff. While interning, he assisted the athletic advisors with: track & field, football and swimming & diving. In addition to his sport duties he served as the Academic Monitoring Program Coordinator where his responsibilities entailed organizing and managing the student athlete class checking program.
Originally from Bowling Green, OH, Jimmy is married to Jordan Glassford.
ERICA SMITH - Learning Specialist (Joined Staff - 2012)
Smith directs the Athletic Academic Summer Bridge and Directed Study programs and works directly with tutors and student-athletes to discover effective learning styles that help develop proper study habits.
Prior to joining the Department of Athletic Academics, she taught 9th, 11th and 12th grades as well as American Novel and Creative Writing. She was also a senior class sponsor and Senior Research Project director. While at Noxubee County, Erica founded the co-ed varsity tennis program and in its second year, took the first boys doubles team from Noxubee County to the State Championship tournament. She served as the head tennis coach until moving to MSU in May 2012.
Originally from Brookhaven, MS, Erica completed her Master's Degree in English Education in May 2013 from William Carey University. Smith is a 2009 graduate of MSU and a 2007 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln. Starkville has been her home for the past six years.
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