Ray graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1941, served in the Air Force during WWII as a pilot, graduated from Texas A&M, and received his Masters from Abilene Christian University.

Ray won more than his share of games, he received and was recognized with a substantial number of awards in his 47-year coaching throughout Texas, which included Paint Creek High School, Haskell High School, Abilene Cooper High School, and MacArthur High School in Irving, TX.

He often said "I realized early in my career that I could do nothing more important than to work with young people. It was a thrill to watch them play football on Friday nights, but that's nothing compared to watching them live their lives today."

He is a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the North Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Abilene Cooper High School Hall of Fame, the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Irving ISD Athletic Hall of Fame. Ray served as President of the Texas High School Coaches Association, was head coach of the North Team in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game, and head coach of the Texas vs. California All-Star team. He was awarded the Tom Landry Award for his outstanding contributions to High School Football and for providing a positive role model for athletes and being a credit to the coaching profession.

Ray Overton

  • 1994 Tom Landry Award