Ray Harper Bio
Lilburn Ray Harper Jr. (age 57 years), is an American college basketball coach, currently the head coach for Jacksonville State University. Previously, he was a head coach at Oklahoma City University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Western Kentucky University. At Kentucky, Wesleyan Harper compiled a 242–45 win-loss record.
Born: October 11, 1961 (age 57 years), Greenville, Kentucky, United States
Education: Kentucky Wesleyan College
Spouse: Shannon Harper
Team coached: Jacksonville State Gamecocks men’s basketball
Title: Head coach
Ray Harper was born on 11 October 1967 and died on 4th March 2019. He has been named the Division II National Coach of the Year seven times and won two national titles at Kentucky Wesleyan in 1999 and 2001.
Harper was named interim head coach at Western Kentucky on January 6, 2012, after Ken McDonald was fired.
He was named permanent head coach on February 19, 2012, by then-athletic director Ross Bjork.
He resigned from the position on March 17, 2016, following the permanent suspension of three of his players. Harper was subsequently hired at Jacksonville State on April 6, 2016, where he took the 2016-17 team to the school’s first NCAA appearance.
Born in Greenville, Kentucky and a native of Bremen, Kentucky, Harper played collegiately at the University of Texas as a freshman and at Kentucky Wesleyan, during his sophomore-senior seasons, where he was named third team NABC All-American as a senior in 1985.
He is married to Shannon Harper, a WKU alumni.
Ray Harper Death Cause
Ray Harper, the driving force behind getting Stadium Southland built, has died.
Following a three year battle with bone cancer Harper, 91, died on Thursday morning.
His funeral will be held on Monday at 1pm, at the venue he played such an important role in creating – Stadium Southland.
Harper is a former Invercargill Licensing Trust president and it was during that time when he sparked the idea to build a new indoor venue.
It was initiated to provide a home for the champion Southern Sting netball team, but it developed into a venue for the wider community.