Coach Ray Laing

 

Brophy and Arizona football lost an Arizona high school football icon, Coach Ray Laing, who died on January 26, 2016, at 77 years, after 50 years of coaching football in the state of Arizona.  Click here: Phoenix Union district HOF football coach Ray Laing dies  

[November 9, 2016]  AIA moves the Broncos' November 10 home AIA football championship playoffs quarterfinal game to Ray Laing Field at Central High School.  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/high-school/2016/11/09/brophy-prep-motivated-move-football-quarterfinal-ray-laing-field/93498570/

[October 28, 2016]  Central High School football field dedicated to Coach Ray Laing:

 

[September 9, 2016] Broncos honor late coach Ray Laing at Central High with a 31-0 win over Highland.  Click here: Brophy coach Scooter Molander talks following their win over Highland Click here: Brophy shuts out Highland, stays unbeaten

From the pregame ceremony Friday night, Sept. 9, 2016: Gilbert Highland vs. Brophy @ Central HS field:

Joining the Brophy captains for the coin toss is Greg Laing.  Greg is a son of legendary coach Ray Laing, who died January 26, this year, at the age of 77.  Greg first walked the Central High field as a boy with his father in July 1966.

Coach Laing, affectionately known as FOG, coached football at the collegiate and high school level for over 50 consecutive years.  Ray played on the 1957 NAIA national championship Pittsburg State College (KS) football team.  Following graduation, Ray served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain.

As head football coach here at Central High School from 1966--1976, Coach Laing led the Bobcats to state championships in 1969 & 1972, both with undefeated seasons.  Central High, then a huge Brophy rival, defeated the Broncos 21-0 in the '72 championship game.  Coach Laing went on to coach for Phoenix College and Mesa Community College for 31 years.

In 2009, Coach Laing joined the Brophy staff, serving through the start of the 2016 team offseason.  Late last year, Ray was inducted into the Phoenix Union High School District Hall of Fame inaugural class.

A group of former players --including Bronco head coach Scooter Molander-- are here tonight in honor of their former coach and friend.

For the 2016 season, the Brophy varsity wears a FOG emblem on their helmets.

Thank you, FOG!  We miss you.

Here is a link for Ray's obituary:  Click here: Ray Laing Obituary - Phoenix, AZ | The Arizona Republic 

 

AMDG Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam "For the Greater Glory of God"