Athlete Services

Academic Advising
Academic Staff

Julie Griswold
Associate Director of Academic Advising for Athletics
B.A. in Mathematics and Education, Miami University

works with baseball, football offense, women's tennis

Griswold came to Rice in the fall of 1986, shortly after earning her master's degree in higher education student affairs/counseling from Indiana University. It was then she took charge of monitoring the academic progress of more than 350 Rice student-athletes. From those first few years running the academic ddvising for athletic office single-handedly, Griswold now oversees a staff of three advisors and more than 50 academic tutors.

Griswold reports to Rice Univeristy's Academic Advising office and works with the divisional advisors of each college to help each student-athlete develop individual academic plans and achieve the ultimate goal of graduation. Since she began her work at Rice, Griswold has seen countless student-athletes receive academic honors including nearly 100 Academic All-Americans. Thanks to her and her staff's hard work, the Owls regularly rank among the top 10 in the nation in total graduation rates for athletes.

A 1981 cum laude graduate from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with degrees in mathematics and education, Griswold has an impressive coaching background, including the prestigious Indiana Girl's Basketball State Championship in 1983. While working on her graduate degree at Indiana University, Griswold served as the Hoosiers' academic graduate assistant (1984-86). Currently, she is an associate of Hanszen College and serves on the Division of Undergraduate's Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative. Julie is active in City of Refuge Church, bible study groups and has eight nieces and nephews.

Mike Yeakel

Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Athletics
B.A in Political Science, Purdue University
M.S. in Recreation, Indiana University

works with men's basketball, football defense, men's tennis, women's track & field

Yeakel started his position at Rice in 2000. Prior to joining the Rice staff, Yeakel was an athletics assistant at Butler University for three years. Yeakel attended Purdue University, graduating in 1993 with a bachelor of arts in political science. While at Purdue, he played under hall of fame head coach Gene Keady on the "Gold Squad" practice team for men's basketball. He then earned a masters of arts in recreation at Indiana University, where he interned with the IU Athletic Department in both the academic and ticket offices. A native of Indiana, Mike resides in Manvel, Texas, with his wife, Nikki, and their children, Logan (2002) and Kylie (2005).

Misha Caylor
Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Athletics
B.A. in Psychology, College of William and Mary
M.A. in Professional Counseling, Liberty University

works with golf, women's swimming, men's track & field, and volleyball

Misha Caylor joined the Rice academic advising team in November 2011. A former collegiate golfer, Misha was a four-time letterwinner at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduating with her B.A. in psychology, she began working as a counselor for children and teens in a residential psychiatric facility. During her three years at the treatment center, Misha completed her M.A. in professional counseling at Liberty University. In August of 2011, she and her husband, Ryan, were married. Misha enjoys attending sporting events, visiting with family and friends, and playing golf.

Kendal Moore
Assistant Director of Academic Advising for Athletics
B.A. in Communication, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy, Harding University

works with women's soccer and women's basketball

Kendal Moore joined the Rice academic advising team in October 2014. A former collegiate soccer player, Kendal was a four-time letterwinner at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She graduated with a B.A. in Communications in May 2012. Following her time at Arkansas, Kendal went on to receive her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Harding University while also serving as the Graduate Assistant for the women's soccer team. In July of 2013, she and her husband, Chance, were married. Kendal enjoys attending sporting events, hiking, camping, and being around family and friends.



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