Ray was Larkin High School's first football coach (1962-90). His 28-year career
record was 151-99-3. He coached teams that won or shared five Upstate Eight
Conference Championships (1967, '69, '73, '79, and '80). Twice he coached teams to
9-0 regular-season records and three times he led Larkin into the state playoffs. His
Royals made the Class 5A semifinal in 1979, losing to eventual state champion East
St. Louis. He coached three high school All-Americans and eleven All-Staters.