Ray was born and raised in Durban, South Africa and has been involved in rugby since he was a youngster. Ray played the game at a semi-professional level through to his Club Rugby days. Ray has been coaching rugby for over 20 years, beginning at the club-level in South Africa, then coaching the Waterford Rugby Football Club in England. When Ray moved to the United States in 1999, he coached the UNL men's rugby team and the Omaha G.O.A.T.S.
Ray founded Big Red Rugby for his sons, Henry & Axel, with full support and enthusiasm from his wife, Katie. He is excited to bring his love of rugby to children in Omaha.