JOHN WILLIAM RAY (Deceased)
Inducted: June 27, 1981 in Richmond, IN
Date of Birth: June 4, 1926 in Detroit, MI
High School Attended: South Bend Adams Graduated: 1944
High School Honors: Lettered 4 years in football as linebacker-center; captain for 2 years; MVP 2 years; MVP Lineman for 3 years; All-Conference and All-State.
College Attended: University of Notre Dame, Olivet College, University of Michigan
College Honors: First Team Center 1944; Notre Dame monogram winner; lettered 3 years; captain 1 year at Olivet College.
Coaching Experience: Sturgis, MI, HS 1950-1951; Three Rivers, MI, HS; 1st and only undefeated and State Champions; assistant head coach at the University of Detroit 1955-1958 and head coach at John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, 1959-1964 (29-6); 3 undefeated seasons out of 5; set 6 National Defensive Records; assistant coach at Notre Dame 1967-1968; head coach of University of Kentucky (Southeastern Conference) 1969-1972; construction of new stadium broke university record for season tickets sold.
Coaching Honors: National Catholic Coach of the Year 1959; coached in the East-West All-Star Game 1965; Coach of the Week 1969; charter member of Olivet College Athletic Hall of Fame 1972; John Carroll Hall of Fame 1976.
Professional Athletic Background: Defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills 1973-1974.
Coach Ray passed away November 14, 2007.