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Ray Harper Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Death cause, Net Worth

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
Record: 67–42
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.

Harper adored the Sting team and they become known as “Ray’s girls” given the support he showed.

Harper took on the role of project manager for Stadium Southland and rallied the community to get the venue built in 2000.

ILT Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt said the initial idea was for a two-court venue in central Invercargill. However, Harper was prepared to listen to the community and instead a seven-court complex was built at Surrey Park, Skelt said.

“He has left an enormous legacy for this community. If it wasn’t for Ray’s passion and drive we wouldn’t have [ILT Stadium Southland],” Skelt said.

“A lot of people owe a lot to Ray, he was a mentor for me and many other people. He looked for solutions and made them work.”

As a result of Harper’s tireless volunteer work, the Southland Indoor Leisure Centre Charitable Trust, which owns and operates the venue, chose to name a grandstand after him.

While Harper is known for being the brainchild behind Stadium Southland his impact throughout his life was wide-ranging.

He was a builder during his working life, and while it was netball, basketball, and other indoor sports, which mainly benefited from Stadium Southland, rugby was a major sporting passion.

Harper was involved in administration with the Southland Rugby Union for 24 years and became a life member of the organisation.

He represented Southland on rugby’s national governing body for 13 years from 1974, during a time when the council faced challenging issues, including the 1981 Springbok tour.

Harper had a hand in planning the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987.

He also managed the All Blacks on tours to Australia and Wales in 1980.

In 2012 Harper won New Zealand Rugby’s Steinlager Salver award, which recognised exceptional contributions to New Zealand rugby.

In 2007 Harper took on the role of construction manager for Hospice House which saw a Russell St house redeveloped and sold as a fundraiser for Hospice Southland.

Harper was a life member of the Waverley Bowling Club where he helped get the club’s indoor playing arena built in 2008.

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