Thomas More Names New Men's Basketball Coach
Thomas More College named Justin Ray its new men's basketball coach.
Ray comes from Cincinnati's Mt. St. Joseph where he has been an assistant for seven seasons. During that time, the Lions won three conference championships, appeared in their first NCAA Division III tournament, and attainted their first-ever national ranking.
Thomas More noted that the Mt. St. Joseph student-athletes maintained a 3.2 grade point average and 100 percent graduation rate.
“Justin has demonstrated great recruiting efforts and coaching ability as witnessed by local success,” said Thomas More president David Armstrong. “He is a hardworking and conscientious man and we believe he will carry on the recent championship caliber of the men’s basketball program at Thomas More College.”
"We are extremely excited to have Justin Ray take over our men's basketball program," said athletic director Terry Connor. "He has a tireless work ethic and with his deep ties to the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky basketball community he has helped establish a successful program at Mount St. Joseph. We are confident that Coach Ray will build upon the success that previous coaches have established at Thomas More and take the program to the next level.”
Prior to joining the staff at MSJ, Ray was a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division I Wright State for two seasons. He was also an assistant at his alma mater, NCAA Division II Christian Brothers for one season.
Ray played four years of college basketball, and was a three-year starter and three-time team captain for Christian Brothers. He helped lead his team to a regular season championship, tournament championship, and Division II NCAA National tournament berth. Ray has a top four, single-season school mark in three-point field goals made, and is sixth all-time in school history in three-point field goals made (200). Christian Brothers was ranked as high as No. 8 nationally during Ray's four-year career. He was on Christian Brothers’ Dean List and was awarded the Certificate of Presidential Recognition while an undergrad.
"It’s an honor to be named the head men’s basketball coach at Thomas More College,” said Ray. “Having been just across the river all these years I’m aware of the high academic reputation and the winning tradition of TMC. Being from this area, this job is really a dream job for my family and I.
“I want to thank Athletic Director Connor, President Armstrong and the committee for putting their faith in me to lead their men’s basketball program. My family and I are excited to join the Thomas More community and can’t wait to get started!”
A Cincinnati native and graduate of Oak Hills High School, Ray earned a bachelor of arts degree in business marketing from Christian Brothers and received his master of science degree in leadership development from Wright State. Ray resides in Cincinnati with his wife Sarah and their son Lincoln.
Thomas More College is currently exploring an invitation from the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association (NAIA) to become a member, leaving NCAA Division III. The Saints will compete without a conference affiliation next season.