Head Coach/Platinum Coach
Coach Ray has been involved in competitive swimming for 40 years, 13 years as a swimmer and the past 27 years as a coach. Ray has coached/taught all levels of swimming from the learn to swim beginner, senior development swimmers, high school swimmers as well as collegiate (swimmers that have attended St. Bonaventure University, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio to name a few) and master level athletes. As an ASCA level 3 certified coach, Ray has had numerous Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, High School State Champions and All-Americans, as well as assisting in the development of Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Coach Ray has also seen numerous former swimmers go on to become successful coaches in both the USA swimming ranks as well as the High School swimming ranks. Ray believes the foundation of every successful swimmer begins with strong fundamentals coupled with age appropriate training both in water (based upon an IM base) and dryland. Proper mechanics lead to good "swimmer" health where all energy systems can be challenged in a creative way. Swimming is challenging but there is always a way to have fun while working hard.
The past 3 years while at Liquid Lightning, they had numerous Junior National Qualifiers (both NCSA and Speedo Juniors) with a relay placing 5th at the NCSA Junior National meet. As a High School Coach, won three consecutive county (Dakota) titles as well as two consecutive division (Dakota) titles in Macomb County. Between Eisenhower and Dakota, produced 3 swimmer of the year recipients and countless first team and dream team Macomb County swim team members. On the club ranks, guided teams to numerous top 3 State meet finishes for both the 12 and under as well as Open Championship meets. Guided the BBA girl’s squad to a Sectional Championship in Wisconsin; served as zone coach for team Michigan in 2000. Ray has also served on the Michigan Board of Directors, been a delegate to the USA swimming convention and attend yearly clinics as he believes, the better (and continued)educated he is, the better coach to the swimmers he will continue to be.
The Gators are excited to have Coach Ray, his wife Brianna and their two daughters join the Gator Family and Greenwood Community.