Feb. 20, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -
The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf, Conrad Ray, was recently named by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as one of the three 2008 International Team Coaches for the U.S. squad. Barry's Jimmy Stobs and Brian White of Lamar were the other two coaches selected. Ray will lead the United States against Europe in the Palmer Cup presented by Monster at Glasgow Golf Club Gailes Links, Stobs will coach in the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship and White in the Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship.
A former Stanford golfer, Ray is currently in his fourth season at the helm of the Cardinal program. Last season he guided Stanford to its first national title since 1994. Ray, a member of that 1994 squad, is one of the elite few NCAA head coaches to have won an NCAA title as both an athlete and coach. Under Ray's guidance, the Cardinal led wire-to-wire at the 2007 NCAA Championships in Williamsburg, Va. and claimed an eighth national title for the program. The 12-stroke victory capped an impressive season, during which the squad won seven tournaments and earned a No. 1 national ranking. All five Stanford golfers were named PING All-America selections at the conclusion of the season, the most to earn the honor in a single-season in program history. Additionally, the squad produced a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar, three Pac-10 All-Academic honorees, five All-Conference selections, five PING All-Region selections and a GCAA All-Freshman selection. Ray was named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the Eaton Golf Pride Pacific Region Coach of the Year and the Dave Williams Eaton Golf Pride National Coach of the Year following the 2007 campaign.
"It is a great honor to be selected as the coach of The Palmer Cup," said Ray. "It will be exciting working with the nation's elite college players and I am passionate about bringing home a victory. It is going to be a lot of fun. Mr. Palmer should also be recognized for his generous contributions to the collegiate game."
The full release from the GCAA can be found here: GCAA Names 2008 International Team Coaches