CHARLESTON — Team Ray-Ray will be working together in Parkersburg later this summer.

Ray Londeree, the principal at Valley High School in Smithers, has been selected one of three assistant directors for the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. He will take his post July 1, joining to-be executive secretary Gary Ray in a transition period.

Current executive secretary Mike Hayden will step down effective Aug. 1.

“I’ve really worked hard ... developing relationships with a lot of the principals in the state of West Virginia,” Londeree said Thursday at the annual high school boys state basketball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center. “This is a principal organization, and I think one of the strongest points I will bring is that relationship with the principals and considering their real feelings about different issues that come up.”

“Ray has a good background. He came through the coaching ranks, and in administration — athletic director, assistant principal and principal,” Gary Ray said. “One good thing as well is he has been a principal at the middle school and high school levels. I think he brings a lot to the table. We’re real excited about having him.”

Londeree has been involved in the administrative side of the SSAC since 1992, when he was the athletic director at Valley. Since then, he has held numerous posts, including both assistant and principal at Oak Hill, principal at Eastern Greenbrier Junior High (now middle school) and principal at Gauley Bridge High, which consolidated with Valley last year.

Londeree is originally from Lewisburg, and credits high school baseball coach Cleve Burgess with guiding him toward his current line of work.

“He convinced me to go to college and to get into teaching and coaching,” Londeree said. “He was a very positive role model.”

The selection of Londeree forms a sort of reunion with Ray. The two developed a relationship while both were administrators in Fayette County.

“Our staff in general, we’re all familiar with each other,” Ray said. “We’ve worked together as athletic directors and as administrators.

“Having someone that you know and you have a trust in and know they will be there when you need them, that makes it nice.”

“Gary and I have been friends for a long time,” Londeree said. “We’ve had a very positive working relationship in the past, and I would hope that that same type of relationship would continue.

“But I also am quite aware that he is the boss,” Londeree added with a smile. “I have no problems with that.”

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