Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Southeast Missouri State Hires Rick Ray as Head Coach

Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) has hired Rick Ray as head coach.

Ray spent the last three seasons at Mississippi State University.

Here's a release from SEMO:

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt introduced Rick Ray as the new head men's basketball coach at Southeast Missouri State University.

Ray spent the last three seasons as head coach at Mississippi State. In his three-year tenure at MSU, Ray compiled an overall record of 37-60. He led the Bulldogs to a 2-2 mark in the SEC Tournament, including an upset win against Vanderbilt in 2013-14. Ray helped the development of two All-SEC Freshmen in Craig Sword and Gavin Ware, as his recruiting classes received national attention.

"The thing that really impressed me outside of talking to Rick on the phone and meeting with him in person is understanding how interested he was to come here to Southeast Missouri State University, his plans to make this program a winner and his commitment to the overall development of our basketball student-athletes," said Alnutt. "I'm so excited to introduce Rick Ray as our next head coach here at Southeast."

Ray, the 20th head coach in Southeast men's basketball history, agreed to a four-year contract which will run through 2019. He will earn a base salary of $175,000 plus a $20,000 annuity. Additional incentives and contract details are being finalized. Ray is the first African-American head coach in the 108-year history of the program.

Certainly no stranger to NCAA postseason play, Ray has been an assistant at three different institutions that enjoyed success at the highest level.

Prior to his arrival in Starkville, Miss., he spent two seasons at Clemson, where he was associate head coach to Brad Brownell. Ray also spent four successful years on the staff of Matt Painter at Purdue. He began his Division I coaching career at Indiana State, serving seven seasons.

All three programs participated in the NCAA Tournament.

Complete Release

Rick Ray Coaching Experience

1995-97 - Graduate Assistant at Nebraska-Omaha
1998-2004 - Assistant Coach at Indiana State
2005-06 - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Northern Illinois
2007-10 - Assistant Head Coach at Purdue
2011-12 - Associate Head Coach at Clemson
2013-15 - Head Coach at Mississippi State (37-60 overall, 13-41 SEC)

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