A 25-year veteran of coaching, Larry Ray returns for his 16th year at
A renowned instructor of slap-hitting, Ray’s tutoring has coached some of the best slappers in collegiate softball history. His guidance of senior Caitlin Lowe has made her arguably the top returning offensive player in the country for 2007. While Lowe’s achievements as a three-time, first-team All-American and starter for USA Softball are notable, Ray’s success with slap hitters is hardly uncommon.
In 2006, Autumn Champion ?- the 2004 national batting champion ?- completed her eligibility with the fourth-highest batting average in
That’s the beauty of Ray’s craft ?- opponents know what’s coming and they still can’t stop it. This was no more evident than in
With his 224-112 (.667) record in five years of competition as a head coach, Ray handed the reins of the UA softball program back to Mike Candrea in 2005, after serving as interim head coach during the 2004 campaign. Under Ray’s tutelage, the Wildcats did not miss a beat, as they went 55-6 and captured the Pac-10 Championship in Candrea’s absence.
During the 2004 season,
Before returning to
UF’s 1998 campaign brought Ray considerable regard. Ray led
After a year of recruiting and developing team processes for the new
Before coming on board in his stint with the Wildcats, Ray compiled a 70-13 record in four years as coach at
A graduate of
Ray played in five World tournaments in competitive fast-pitch as a middle infielder. He has produced a number of successful instructional videos on coaching techniques for slap hitting and the short game.
Ray works with left-handed slap hitters, the short game, infielders and recruiting at
Ray and his wife, Dawn, have a daughter, Bree, 16, and son, Taylor, 14. Ray’s son Derek and his wife Melissa celebrated the birth of Ray’s first grandchild, Jayden Ray, on Sept. 28, 2005.