Buddy Ray hired as Pirates AD

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By Kenny Mitchell


The Simms ISD has a new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach this morning as the district has made the decision to elevate their program with the hiring of longtime Northeast Texas area coach Buddy Ray.

Coach Ray has had a storied career in this area leading several football programs to winning seasons, including DeKalb and over the last four years in his current role as the Defensive Coordinator for the New Boston Lions.

Simms ISD Superintendent Rex Burks told the Tribune this morning, “I have known Buddy Ray for a long time and he is a class act. He works well with the kids and will be a huge asset to our program and our school.”

Coach Ray stated, “My expectations are to get kids ready for our athletic program but more importantly to get them ready for life. We have to get our kids prepared to be successful. That is our role as a coach and teacher. I know that Simms is a close-knit community with a family atmosphere, so my first order of business will be to establish a rapport with the teachers and staff, the kids and the community. I am looking forward to getting to know them all and to earn their respect."

Coach Ray will officially take over the position on February 13.


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