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Story Last modified at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ray adds three new coaches in third year
New offensive coordinator is the biggest change

Alaska Star


Eagle River head coach Kenny Ray, left, assistant Tommy Craig and defensive coordinator Ryan McMurray watch the action during a preseason scrimmage.
STAR PHOTos by matt tunseth

Kenny Ray returns this year for his third season at the helm of Eagle River's football program. Two years ago, Ray led the Wolves to a 3-5 record, followed by a 1-7 showing last season.

Three new faces join the varsity staff this year. Mark Humm, who coached with Ray during their time on Chugiak's sidelines under Bruce Shearer, is installing a spread offense. He replaces Joe Taylor as offensive coordinator. Also new to the team are line coaches Dan Blair and Barry Bridges.

Returning coaches include defensive coordinator Ryan McMurray, Tommy Craig and Jason Brewer, who will join the team in Week 3 after he gets back from his military duties in Louisiana.

A financial data control clerk at Eagle River High, Ray began his Alaska coaching career with Chugiak in 1992. He coached the junior varsity and C teams before spending his final season with the varsity in 2000.

Ray, 61, retired from the United States Air Force in 1991 after 23 years of service.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.