Born April 11, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Graduate of St. John's Cathedral High School in Milwaukee, UW-Milwaukee Extension and UW-Madison, MS degree University of Wisconsin-Madison
Coached football at:
Jefferson High School 1957-63;
Dodgeville High School 1963-66; and
Platteville High School 1966-79.
His record was 103 wins, 55 losses, 6 ties, and five undefeated seasons.
In high school Ray earned athletic letters in football, boxing and basketball.
He served as an Operating Room Technician in the Army Medical Corps in Korea and was quarterback of the championship 900th MASH Service Football Team at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
At UW-Milwaukee Extension letters were earned in football, basketball, and baseball. He was all-conference (offense and defense) and MVP in football in 1954. He was captain of both football and baseball teams 1953-54.
Ray coached for six years at Jefferson High School. He was head coach in football, basketball, track, baseball, and wrestling at various times. His wrestling team won the conference title in 1960. He was Athletic Director for four years and the year around City Recreation Director.
In 1963 Ray moved to Dodgeville and that year his football team won the championship with an 8-0 record, the only perfect year in the school's history. At Platteville he was head wrestling coach for one year.
He was a wrestling sportscaster for area high school and college for a local radio station and was also a member of the State Network High School Wrestling Tournament broadcasting team for six years.
He coached four conference football championships and five second place finishes at Platteville High School while coaching five first team All-State football players. His thirteen-year football record at Platteville was 76-29-3.
Many of Ray's former football players have had outstanding careers on college football teams.
In 1979 Ray was selected by the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Association as the head coach of the South All Star Team for the Third Annual Wisconsin High School Shrine Bowl Game.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame