The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


June 3, 2013

Gary Ray inducted into Glenville State College Athletic Hall of Fame

GLENVILLE — Four alumni and one coach were inducted into the Glenville State College Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony and banquet held on Saturday, May 18 in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

The 2013 inductees are Bill Whetsell '46, Robert Reynolds '58, Bill Casto '67, Steve Seals '70, and Gary Ray '71.

Ray, a native of Putnam County, graduated from Winfield High School. He is currently the executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission.

At Glenville, he was a four-year starter in football for the Pioneers. He was team captain in 1970. Ray played offense for two years, defense for two years, and was named second-team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during his junior year.

“GSC has put many people in my life including my wife, people that have given my life purpose and made my life special. I hope that someday people will feel about me the way that I feel about the people at GSC who have influenced my life so much,” said Ray.

Ray was an active member of the Theta Xi Fraternity at Glenville.

He received a master’s degree in secondary administration from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies in 1979.

In 1971, he began a six-year tenure as a teacher/coach at Oak Hill High School. He then became a teacher/coach at Buffalo High School in 1977-1978. He returned to OHHS, where he served as assistant principal and athletic director from 1978-1995, and then principal from 1995-1997. From 1997-2001, he was the director of schools for the Fayette County Board of Education.

Ray became assistant executive director of the WVSSAC, which governs high school and middle school athletics in the state, from 2001-2007 and has served as executive director of the agency since 2007.

He served on the National Federation Strategic Planning Committee from 2008-2009 and has been selected to serve on the National Federation of High Schools Board of Directors beginning in August of 2013.

Ray resides in Parkersburg with his wife, Cindy, whom he met at Glenville. They have two children: Amy and her husband, Mark Bloomfield, Adam Ray and his wife, Amanda, and three grandchildren (Derek, Nathan, and Kendall Bloomfield).

The Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2001 through the generosity of the late Curtis Elam, a 1949 GSC graduate. Hall of Fame member plaques are displayed in the lobby of the Jesse R. Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium.

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