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Alabama High School Football Head Coaches

Jack Ray

Willard Jackson "Jack" Ray was born March 31, 1926, in Woodbury, Georgia, Jack Ray graduated from Wetumpka High School and Troy State University and received a Graduate Degree from Auburn University

Ray got his first coaching job as an assistant at Wetumpka High School in 1951. The next season he took over the reins as the head football coach and had an outstanding 13-year coaching career with the Indians. From 1951 to 1964, Coach Ray compiled a record of 86-44-10 with three undefeated seasons.

His 1953 squad went 9-0-1 as did his 1963 and 1964 teams. Coach Rays overall football record is 86-55-7 in fifteen seasons as a head coach in Alabama.

Ray also coached basketball for four years at Wetumpka. He was instrumental in establishing the first permanent seats, restrooms, concession stands, irrigation system and field house during his tenure.

Coach Ray stepped down following the 1964 season to accept the head football position at Central High School in Phenix City. He remained with the program for three seasons before retiring from the sidelines. He also coached at Millry and Tallassee.

He was a retired pastor and also served as the Elmore County Superintendent of Education. Coach Jack Ray is widely known and respected not only as a great coach, but for the positive impact he has had upon countless young students for many years. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Known Record:  90-60-9   60.0%

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 Team   Season   Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T   PF  PA   Region   Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Central Phenix City
Central Phenix City1967 4A3-6-188147
Central Phenix City1966 4A3-7120240
Central Phenix City1965 4A1-867165
 3 Years7-21-12755520-0000-000
Wetumpka1964 3A9-0-128773
Wetumpka1963 3A9-0-120640
Wetumpka1962 4-5-192152
Wetumpka1961 4-671125
Wetumpka1960 7-2-117250
Wetumpka1959 8-215170
Wetumpka1958 4-688114
Wetumpka1957 5-599119
Wetumpka1956 6-4162124
Wetumpka1955 5-4-17787
Wetumpka1954 9-121270
Wetumpka1953 9-0-125450
Wetumpka1952 4-4-258106
 13 Years83-39-8192911800-0000-000
 16 Years90-60-9220417320-0000-000

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