Ray Donels

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Ray Donels
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1902-03-19)March 19, 1902
Shellsburg, Iowa
Died April 15, 1973(1973-04-15) (aged 71)
Rochester, Minnesota
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1941–1942 Iowa State
Head coaching record
Overall 3–8–1

Ray Oliver Donels (March 19, 1902 – April 15, 1973) was an American football coach. He served as head football coach at Iowa State University from 1941 until midway through the 1942 season, compiling a record of 3–8–1.[1] He resigned on October 14, 1942.[2]

Donels was coach of the Iowa State freshman football and basketball teams for the 1938 season. As the football coach with Kenny Wells at Ames High School, the Little Cyclones won every game in its 1937 fall season schedule.

Donels was born in Shellsburg, Iowa. He attended Iowa State as an undergraduate in the class of 1928. He became a brother of Delta Chi Fraternity on October 13, 1923 when the fraternity chapter celebrated its chartering at Iowa State. Donels died on April 15, 1973 at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.[3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Six Conference) (1941–1942)
1941 Iowa State 2–6–1 0–4–1 6th
1942 Iowa State 1–2[n 1] 0–1[n 1] [n 1]
Iowa State: 3–8–1 0–5–1
Total: 3–8–1


  1. ^ a b c Donels resigned after three games. Mike Michalske served as head coach for the final six games of the season. Iowa State finished the 1942 season with an overall record of 3–6 and tied for the fifth place in the conference with a mark of 1–4.[4]


  1. ^ "Ray Oliver Donels (1902 - 1973) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  2. ^ Wire service, "Iowa State's Coach Offers Resignation", The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Thursday 15 October 1942, Volume 49, page 13.
  3. ^ "Former ISU Boss Ray Donels Dead". La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin. Associated Press. April 16, 1973. p. 17. Retrieved July 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com open access publication – free to read. 
  4. ^ Edson, Art (October 15, 1942). "New Coach Named for the Cyclones; Ray Donels Steps Down and 'Mike' Michalske Assumes the Task; Preparing for Drake". Lawrence Journal-World. Lawrence, Kansas. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 

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