Ray Smith Athlete, Pre 1960

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Athlete,  Pre 1960

Ray came to Riverside when he was only eight months old from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. His father was Dean of Students at Sherman Institute and his mother was a teacher in the Alvord district for thirty-seven years. He attended Liberty Elementary School, Chemawa Middle School, and Poly High School.

While at Poly, Ray was Captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams.

At Poly: MVP, All-CBL First Team, All CIF in football; All-CBL in baseball.

Attended UCLA on a full scholarship where he lettered in baseball one year, and football for four years.

Voted Best Blocker & Tackler for the Bruins in 1958.

Voted Best Blocker & Tackler, Captain, Outstanding Senior, All Pacific Coast 1st Team, and UCLA

Athlete of the Year in 1959.

Played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl
Played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of CFL for three seasons but had to retire due to injury.

Became the Antelope Valley College Baseball and Football Coach for seven years.

Hope College head Football Coach for 25 years: Nine Titles with a 148-69-9 record.

Ray held the positions of Full Professor and Athletic Director at Hope for 25 years. All-Sport Award for 20 of 25 years.

Hope College named a room for Ray and his wife, Sue, for their longtime service to the college.

Ray and Sue have two sons: Jeff, Randy, his wife, Chris, kids Brianna and Chandler, and a daughter Jennifer, her husband, Brian, son Hezekiah, and a baby due soon.

The family wants to express their heartfelt thanks to the Hall of Fame for this honor.


  1. Rod Cochran says:

    Ray just wanted you to know that my wife have been maried 49 years this May and m0ore important than that we have been Christians going on 30 years. We have 4 girls, 13 grandkids, 2 great grandkids. Impressed with your honors and background.

    In His Love,

    Rod Cochran