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Arizona Softball Welcomes New Assistant Coach
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 11, 2001
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Sept. 11, 2001

Tucson, Ariz.- Larry Ray returns to Arizona where he was a member of the coaching staff during the 1986-1995 seasons, claiming NCAA titles in 1991, '93, and '94. Coach Ray brings more than 25 years of coaching experience, including five years as head coach at the University of Florida where he compiled a 169-106 record in his four years of competition. The Gators made the post-season tournament and were ranked in the top 25 two of the four years he was there. Perhaps known best for the 1998 campaign in which Ray led UF to a 47-22 season, claiming the Southeastern regular-season title, the SEC Eastern Division title and the Gator's first-ever trip to the NCAA Region 6 Championship. Along the way, Ray was named SEC Coach of the Year.

Ray led the Gators to a 42-25 inaugural season record (16-8 SEC) in 1997, including a third-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division and a trip to the SEC Tournament Championship game. Florida also split with nationally-ranked rivals Florida State and South Florida and defeated No. 12 Oklahoma State, while playing a challenging schedule that included five College World Series teams.

He compiled a 70-13 record as coach of Boulder City High School in Nevada, from 1982-85. In his first season at BCHS, Ray guided a team that had won only one game the previous two seasons to a 17-3 record and the Class AA state championship. BCHS also won state titles his final two seasons, posting a 20-1 record in 1984 and a 24-1 mark in 1985.

A 1974 graduate of Idaho State University, Ray lettered as a second baseman in baseball plus a wide receiver and place kicker in football. He was a 1972 District 7 All-American selection at second base. Ray played in five World Tournaments in competitive fastpitch as a middle fielder for the Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Cowboys teams.

Coach Ray and his wife, Dawn, have a daughter, Bree, 10, and two sons, Derek, 25 and Taylor, 9.