Casey Finnell joined the SFA athletics department in July 2013 as an academic services assistant after spending five months as academic intern in the Athlete Support Services Office at the University Missouri-Kansas City.
During her time working with the UMKC Student Athlete Support Services Office, Finnell was charged with the task of providing educational support with at-risk student-athletes. She assisted with the advising of more than 200 UMKC student-athletes, and provided bi-weekly skill instruction and learning strategies to further academic development of student-athletes.
Finnell also assisted with the Roo Life Skills Program. It provided support for student-athletes in the classroom, as well as career development. She is also individually certified with the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics.
Finnell makes the move to the academics side after five seasons as an assistant coach with the Kansas State equestrian team. Finnell oversaw the hunt seat discipline for the Wildcats, while also creating and implementing daily practice plans.
During her time as an assistant, Finnell helped produce eight members of the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 team, as well as seven on the inaugural NCEA All-Academic squad. In addition to her responsibilities as coach, Finnell also chaired the hunt seat branch of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championship Committee. One of the top equestrian coaches in the country, Finnell was a NCEA Coach of the Year nominee in 2012
Finnell graduated from Kansas State with a bachelor's degree in 2007. She returned to her alma mater and received a masters in counseling and student development in August 2010.