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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Rick Ray served as a minors trainer, then in college and as a mentor

Derek Raynes remembers Rick Ray. He counts him as a mentor.

Raynes served as an assistant athletic trainer for West Virginia State University from 2002 to 2007, under Ray, who served as the school's head athletic trainer.

Raynes made sure to reference Ray as Raynes went out on his own for his own training venture.

For Ray, he continues in 2021 right where he's been for the previous quarter century, at West Virginia State, much of that time as head trainer.

Before that, Ray served as a trainer in the minors, with the White Sox at short-season Utica.

Ray's career started at the California University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in athletic training and social science in 1988.

He started work as a trainer at Utica that same year in 1988 and he continued there through 1991. He worked at Utica that 1991 summer as he worked toward his Masters in exercise physiology at Marshall University.

Ray soon signed on at West Virginia State. His bio there credits him with at least 24 years at the school, handling athletic injuries and treatments. His bio also counts him as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Ray continues as head athletic trainer at the school in 2021.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,630
Made the Majors:1,248-34.4%
Never Made Majors:2,382-65.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:520
10+ Seasons in the Minors:307

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