OFFICIAL MEDIA & RECRUITING GUIDE
Academic Counselor First Season
Equipment Manager First Season
Michelle Brigham is in her eighth year in the Texas Tech Athletic Academic Services office and first as the primary academic coun- selor for the Red Raider soccer team.
Former Texas Tech student football manager Robbie Crowell is in his 12th season with the Texas Tech Athletics Department and first in the role of equipment manager of all Olympic sports.
Before moving to Lubbock, Brigham directed the Undergraduate Student Services Office for the University of Colorado-Boulder, College of Business. This office provided academic counseling for over 2,500 undergraduate students in the college with three full-time advisors and up to five peer advisors on a walk-in basis.
Along with his soccer responsibilities, Crowell is in charge of the equipment duties of the Red Raider softball, tennis, track and golf programs. Crowell had previously served as an equipment man- ager for the football program and as the manager of the Football Training Facility.
After graduating from Oklahoma City University with a major in Accounting, Brigham worked with the OCU Graduate Admissions office. As a Counselor and later the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, her efforts helped to increase the graduate student enrollment by over 100% in four years. This included recruiting visits to over 50 schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Massachusetts. She completed her master of Liberal Arts at OCU in 1994.
Her husband, Keith, is a faculty member of the College of Busi- ness.
A native of Lubbock, Crowell is active with youth baseball and football programs. He has also umpired in the Little League State Baseball Tournament for the junior and senior leagues to go along with officiating at the high school level as part of the Texas Association of Officials. Crowell served as an umpire at the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Mich., in August 2007.
A 1987 graduate of Coronado High School and a 1992 Texas Tech marketing graduate, Crowell and his wife, Sonia, have a son, Cody (10), and a daughter, Robyn (5).
Student Manager Second Season
Media Relations Soccer Contact Second Season
Cydney Cumbest is in her second year as a student manager for the Texas Tech soccer program.
Matt Dowdy is in his third year as a student assistant in the Texas Tech Athletic Media Relations office and second in the role of me- dia contact for Red Raider soccer.
Cumbest, a native of Midland, Texas, came to Tech and played soccer her freshman year in 2006, but due to an injury she had to stop playing collegiately.
Dowdy also assists with the media duties for the Red Raider baseball program and all other Tech intercollegiate sports.
Along with her manager duties, Cumbest serves as a marketing student assistant where she helps in the promotional aspects for all Red Raider sports. Cumbest has also worked as a summer intern for the Round Rock Express minor league baseball team.
In his spare time, Dowdy serves as a basketball official in the Tex- as Association of Sports Officials (TASO), working games ranging from the high school to youth level.
Cumbest played soccer at Midland Lee High School and helped lead her team to the playoffs in 2005 and 2006. Cumbest was also a four-year academic letterwinner in high school.
Dowdy is a 2006 graduate of Idalou High School, where he par- ticipated in football, basketball, track and baseball for the Wild- cats. During his tenure, he was part of two school record-breaking relay teams and advanced to the Texas State Track and Field Championship as part of the 4x100 relay team in 2006.
Both of Cumbest’s parents, Joseph and Katrina Cumbest, gradu- ated from Texas Tech.
He is the son of Robert and Julie Dowdy and has two younger brothers, Blake (18) and Tyler (15). He is a public relations major and plans to graduate in the spring of 2010.