Rick Ray (basketball)

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Rick Ray
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Southeast Missouri State
Conference OVC
Record 34–59 (.366)
Biographical details
Born (1970-05-08) May 8, 1970 (age 48)
Compton, California
Playing career
? Grand View University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1997–2004 Indiana State (asst.)
2004–2006 Northern Illinois (asst.)
2006–2010 Purdue (asst.)
2010–2012 Clemson (asst.)
2012–2015 Mississippi State
2015–present Southeast Missouri State
Head coaching record
Overall 71–119 (.374)

Rick Ray (born May 8, 1970) is the head basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State.[1] He was previously the head coach at Mississippi State.

Ray was born in Compton, California, however his family moved to Kansas City when Ray was 6 years old. He is an All-American Scholar Athlete basketball player who played at Grand View College, where he majored in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education. After graduation, Ray worked as an actuary in Chicago, but soon realized that he wanted to be a basketball coach. He quit his actuary job and became a coach and teacher at a high school in Des Moines, Iowa.[2] After 1 1/2 years, he left to become a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska-Omaha. While at Nebraska-Omaha, he also earned a master's degree in Sports Administration. From there, Ray was an assistant coach at Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, and Clemson, before being hired by Mississippi State.[3]

Upon hiring Ray, Mississippi State Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said, “Rick fits the model of head coach we have sought to bring into our program over the last several years. He is bright, enthusiastic, disciplined and is a man of integrity. He has served with some of the top head and assistant coaches in college basketball and will bring a piece of all of them to our head coaching position.” [4]

On March 21, 2015 Ray was fired by Mississippi State.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (2012–2015)
2012–13 Mississippi State 10–22 4–14 T–12th
2013–14 Mississippi State 14–19 3–15 14th
2014–15 Mississippi State 13–19 6–12 T–11th
Mississippi State: 37–60 (.381) 13–41 (.241)
Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2015–present)
2015–16 Southeast Missouri State 5–24 2–14 6th (West)
2016–17 Southeast Missouri State 15–18 9–7 2nd (West)
2017–18 Southeast Missouri State 14–17 8–10 7th
Southeast Missouri State: 34–59 (.366) 19–31 (.380)
Total: 71–119 (.374)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion