Conrad Ray, a former Cardinal standout student-athlete and touring golf professional, is Stanford’s Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf. The 2015-16 season marks his 12th on The Farm.
During his tenure as head coach, Ray has led the Cardinal to nine appearances in the NCAA Championships, including the school’s eighth national title in 2007.
Stanford student-athletes have been well decorated under Ray’s watch, as he has helped produce 20 All-Americans, three Pac-12 Players of the Year, two Pac-12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year, three Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and 15 first team All-Pac-12 selections.
“Stanford University and its men’s golf program are two things that I am very proud to be a part of,” Ray says. “The history of our program, the beautiful setting of the Stanford campus, the education that a student-athlete receives, the facilities we have at our disposal, and the people that make Stanford what it is are all things that I look forward to experiencing every day of the week.
“I feel fortunate to be able to try and do my part as the Knowles Family Director of Men’s Golf to continue to build upon our success and traditions, as well as have a hand in what the future holds for one of the all-time great collegiate golf programs in the history of the game.”
The 2014-15 season was highlighted by back-to-back Pac-12 Conference titles for the first time in program history.
For the second consecutive season, the Cardinal produced the NCAA Division I Player of the Year, as Maverick McNealy followed in the footsteps of Patrick Rodgers by capturing the 2015 Jack Nicklaus Award and the Haskins Award, and was selected Pac-12 Player of the Year.
McNealy’s record-breaking season saw him claim medalist honors a nation-best six times. He set a single-season school record by averaging an NCAA-best 69.05 per round. It represented the second-lowest scoring average in NCAA Division I history behind Bill Haas of Wake Forest, who averaged 68.93 in the 2004.
McNealy won the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional, Southwestern Intercollegiate, Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, The Prestige at PGA West, The Goodwin and the Pac-12 Championship. In the latter, he tied a school record by shooting a bogey-free final-round 61 at Palouse Ridge Golf Course in Pullman, Washington, to help Stanford overcome a nine-stroke deficit and win by 14 over runner-up Oregon.
McNealy pulled away for a 10-shot individual victory, with his 61 matching the previous best Cardinal round shared by Tiger Woods and Cameron Wilson. He also established a Pac-12 scoring record of 262, bettering the old mark of 265 set by Paul Casey of Arizona State in 1999 and 2000.
Ray led the 2014-15 unit to 11 top-10 finishes in 13 events. The Cardinal tied for 22nd at the NCAA Championships.
Ray, the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, directed Stanford to the semifinals of that season’s NCAA Championships after leading the field through the stroke-play portion of the event. The landmark roster featured Rodgers, the world’s top-ranked amateur, NCAA individual champion Cameron Wilson, NCAA bronze medalist David Boote and U.S. Open participant McNealy.
A Cardinal golfer claimed medalist honors in each of the season’s last seven events, as the team won six times during the campaign. Rodgers tied Tiger Woods’ school-record 11 career wins before pursuing a professional career after wrapping up his junior season.
Wilson, the third Cardinal ever to win the NCAA individual title, was the highest ranked United States player in the Palmer Cup rankings and copped the Arnold Palmer Individual National Champion Award.
Rodgers took home plenty of hardware during his junior campaign, including the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year, Haskins Award, Ben Hogan Award and Stanford’s Al Masters Award, given to the student-athlete who displays the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement
Wilson along with Rodgers, who was the Pac-12 Player of the Year and individual champion, earned All-America laurels for their performances both on the course and in the classroom.
In 2012-13, Ray guided Stanford to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Regional. Rodgers tallied six top-10 finishes and three victories en route to his second consecutive PING first team All-America selection. Rodgers and three of his teammates earned Pac-12 all-academic honorable mention honors while Andrew Yun was named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ray guided the Cardinal to a season-opening victory at Olympia Fields to open the 2011-12 campaign, where Rodgers won his first collegiate tournament after competing in the 2011 Walker Cup. Rogers would record five top-three and 10 top-10 finishes on the season.
Rodgers and Yun were named PING first-team All-Pac-12, and first- and second-team All-America, respectively. Rodgers won the Western Intercollegiate as Yun was victorious at the Pac-12 Championships along with his six top-10 finishes. Yun also posted a 4-0-0 record for the United States team that won the 2011 Palmer Cup.
Ziegler went on to represent the United States at the Palmer Cup.
Grube was named the men’s golf Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Ray directed one of the most successful Stanford teams ever in 2006-07, guiding the Cardinal to its first national title since 1994. Ray, a member of that 1994 squad, became one of the elite few NCAA head coaches to have won an NCAA title as both a student-athlete and coach.
Under Ray’s guidance, the Cardinal led wire-to-wire at the 2007 NCAA Championships and claimed an eighth national title for the program in Williamsburg, Va.
The squad produced one Academic All-American, three Pac-10 all-academic honorees, five all-conference selections, five all-region selections and one Golf Coaches Association of America All-Freshman honoree.
Ray was named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Pacific Regional Coach of the Year and the Dave Williams/Eaton Golfpride National Coach of the Year.
During Ray’s second season at the helm of the program, the Cardinal posted 10 top-10 finishes and advanced to the NCAA West Regional. Rob Grube was tabbed 2006 Pac-10 co-Player of the Year and was honored as an All-American for a second time.
A three-year letterwinner for the Cardinal golf team, Ray was a member of the 1994 NCAA Championship squad and a teammate of Tiger Woods, Casey Martin and Notah Begay. He captained the team in 1997 and was an all-Pac-10 choice both on the course and in the classroom.
As a senior, Ray posted six top-10 finishes and nine under-par rounds. Ray’s 73.95 stroke average was second-best on the squad.
Ray qualified for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst in 2005. He has played on the Nationwide Tour and other world tours since 1998, achieving 12 top-10 finishes.
Ray has worked extensively with numerous golf instructors throughout the country, and has organized and administered various pro-am and fundraising golf tournaments, including the Karl Potach Memorial Tournament for children’s cancer research and the Bart McCormick Classic.
Ray has been a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America National Advisory Board since 2006 and was named the association’s president in 2014.
Conrad and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of three daughters -- Ella, Emerson and Jillian.