Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 21, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Heading west

Ray leaving Trinidad after 12 years, now head coach at Rankin ISD

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

TRINIDAD — The Henderson County area is losing a coaching legend as Kevin Ray is headed west to Rankin ISD.

After 12 years of coaching at Trinidad — the past nine years being his second tenure at Trinidad — he has many accomplishments on his record.

He is currently No. 9 on the all-time wins list at 202-81. He has a state title from the 1998 Trojans team and Trinidad went to the playoffs 10 of the past 11 years.

With seven wins next year, Ray will move into the seventh spot on the all-time list.

He wrapped up his time at Trinidad with a record of 107-34.

“It is extremely tough,” Ray said. “My son will be going into his junior year and it is tough. We have family ties here to some extent. It was not a snap decision or an easy decision for sure.”

Ray said when the job became available, he had to take a look at the program.

“I think it is a smart decision to look,” Ray said. “I was not looking to leave Trinidad at all but Rankin did come open and that is one of a few jobs that I have always kept my eye on so I sent an e-mail of interest and they asked me to come interview and the rest is history.”

Ray said he is looking to head out in mid June to see what type of team he will be inheriting from outgoing coach Shannon Williams.

The Rankin Red Devils went 10-1 and 3-0 in District  5, Division 1 six man play  this past season.

Ray said his son, junior Kevin (K.O.) Ray, is dealing with the move the best way he can since he has been at Trinidad since the second grade.

“It is tough for him to and he has similar feelings that I do,” Ray said. “He has some good friends here and will be leaving a lot of good friends behind. He is excited about the opportunity to go out and compete out there.”

Ray said he was grateful for the assistant coaches he had during his time at Trinidad and was especially grateful to assistant coach John Trammell.