Ray Relieved of Duties as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at SEMO

Southeast Missouri State University Director of Athletics Brady Barke announced Tuesday that Rick Ray has been relieved of his duties as the Redhawks head men’s basketball coach.

“I want to thank Rick for his commitment to our men’s basketball program for the past five years,” said Barke. “Unfortunately, we have not experienced the level of on-court success we had hoped and feel it is the appropriate time to initiate a change in leadership. Rick has represented our institution well and I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Ray was the 21st head coach in the history of the SEMO men’s basketball program. He had a record of 51-104 and 27-59 in the Ohio Valley Conference in five seasons at the helm. The Redhawks made the league’s eight-team OVC Tournament once under Ray in 2016-17.

In 2019-20, the Redhawks finished at 7-24 overall and 12th in the OVC with a 3-15 mark. SEMO’s season ended with an 87-78 loss at UT Martin on Feb. 29. 

Ray will be placed on paid administrative leave until Apr. 30. 

SEMO will immediately begin a national search for its next head coach.


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