Center for Athletic Academic Services
Sharyne Connell

B.S. in Physical Education-Sports Management, Eastern Illinois University

M.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies, Eastern Illinois University


Sharyne Connell joined the University of Memphis staff in June of 2011 to serve as the Athletic Academic Counselor for football in the Center for Athletic Academic Services. Prior to joining the University of Memphis staff, Sharyne served two years as the Assistant Director and one year as an Academic Coordinator in the Student Athlete Academic Center at Florida International University. While at FIU, Connell worked with women’s soccer, women’s swimming/diving, women’s golf, women’s tennis, and men’s soccer while being an Academic Coordinator and then as an Assistant Director, she worked with football and baseball. She oversaw the academic advising component for six advisors and served as the point person for completing all transfer evaluations for prospective student athletes. Connell also served as the academic liaison to her entire staff, updating them on things like curriculum changes.

In addition to serving as academic counselor, Sharyne is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). 

While at Eastern Illinois University, Sharyne was a four year letter winner for the women’s soccer team from 2002-2005, earning ESPN Academic All District, all conference three times, and appearing in the NCAA College Cup three times as well. She is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois and enjoys traveling, watching movies, running, playing soccer, and reading. She resides in Memphis with her two dogs, Wrigley and Pippen.

Favorite Quote: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

Academic Highlight

For the 5th year in a row, a school record was broken as the student-athletes posted a 3.113 fall semester GPA

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