Thursday, May 6, 2010
Ray to be honored at Northwest banquet
By BRITTANY GREER
Johnny Ray of Olive Branch will be among the six inductees honored during Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on May 27 in the David M. Haraway Conference Center on the Senatobia campus.
Ray played baseball at Northwest from 1985-87, leading the team to a record of 44-6 and the MACJC state and north division championships in 1986. As a pitcher, he posted a record of 7-1 and ERA of 2.20 in 1986. He was named MACJC honorable mention All-State pitcher. In 1987, he posted a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 2.27.
After leaving Northwest, Ray was a member of the Delta State University baseball team from 1988-89. In June 1989, he signed a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Reds and played five seasons compiling a 48-29 pitching record. He led the Reds farm system with 16 wins in 1991 and struck out 13 batters in nine innings in the Midwest League Championship Game in 1992 while playing for the Charleston Wheelers.
Ray served as the assistant head baseball coach for Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis from 1999-2002. He was promoted to head baseball coach at Southwest in 2004 when the team set a school record for wins in a season with 40 and winning the school’s first Region 7 Championship. He was named Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association’s JUCO Coach of the Year.
Ray has been the head baseball coach at Marshall Academy in Holly Springs the past two seasons – leading the Patriots to a 48-21 combined mark in 2009 and 2010. This year’s team (27-7) set a school record for wins.
He is a Marshall Academy graduate and played in the Mississippi Private School Association All-Star Game following his senior year.
He is married to the former Leah Young, and they have two children.
Other inductees to the Hall of Fame include Bill McCollins, football, 1991-93, Charleston; Lonny Calicchio, football, 1991-93, Plantation, Fla.; George “Max” Lee, football, 1960-62, Metairie, La.; Joel Posey, baseball, 1999-2001, Collierville, Tenn.; and Freddy Rogers, football, 1980-82, Jacksonville, Ark.
Former major league baseball shortstop and University of Mississippi standout player Don Kessinger will be the keynote speaker during the event.
For information on tickets to the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 662-560-1105, or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Ticket prices are $20.
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