Ray CoatesFootball/Baseball Player, Football Coach, 1941-70
Jesuit High School/LSU/NFL

Inducted: 1997

  • Four-sport letterman at Jesuit High School in the early 1940s.
  • As captain of the 1943 Jesuit squad, led his team to an 18-14 victory over Holy Cross, an undefeated season, and the Louisiana state championship. 
  • In the Holy Cross contest before 25,000 fans at City Park Stadium, Ray alone picked up more yards than all of the Tiger ball carriers combined. His 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter proved to be the game’s winning play.
  • Cotton Bowl's MVP for LSU in 1947.
  • Also played baseball at LSU and was drafted by the New York Giants.
  • Served as head football coach at Catholic High in Baton Rouge from 1953-58 and at Jesuit from 1966-70, leading the Blue Jays to the District V-AAA title in 1970.
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