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Coach Ray Named 2019 5A Assistant Coach of the Year

Seaman High School assistant coach Jon Ray has been named 2019 5A Assistant Coach of the Year by the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association (KWCA).

Ray began as an assistant coach at Seaman High School during the 2012-13 season and has remained at this post since. During Ray’s tenure, the high school program has had some of its highest state tournament finishes ever, including a fourth-place finish in 2013. "The Seaman wrestling program is fortunate to have Jon Ray on the coaching staff,” said head coach Patrick Kelly. “He has had a great impact on the program with the techniques he teaches. He also relates well with the kids and is a role model with how he conducts himself. The coach of the year honor is well-deserved."

Coach Ray earned his degree in Construction Science Management from Kansas State University. During his time as an undergrad, he began working as a wrestling official. He has continued to officiate periodically in recent years as well.

Jon was a two-time state champion in wrestling for Clay Center Community High School. In 1990, he was named 4A Wrestler of the Year by the KWCA during his senior season.

Coach Ray is a project manager for Hayden Tower. He lives in the Seaman School District with his wife Julie. His son Mason and daughter Rylee are both Seaman High School graduates.