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'''Ray Willsey''' (born September 30, 1928) was the head football coach at the [[University of California]] from 1964 to 1971.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=PDUQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1Y4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4734,841569|title=After Eight Seasons .Ray Willsey Quits Cal; White Considers 2 Jobs .|last=Sargis|first=Joe|date=19 January 1972|work=Ellensburg Daily Record|accessdate=22 December 2009}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref> During his tenure he compiled a 40-42-1 record.<ref>{{cite book|last=Boyles|first=Bob|coauthors=Paul Guido|title=The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Modern Reference to America's Most Colorful Sport, 1953-Present|publisher=Skyhorse Publishing Inc.|year=2008|chapter=California|isbn=1-60239-331-1|url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Rykyvd8b-AwC&pg=PA857}}</ref> He was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.<ref name=roots/>
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'''Ray Willsey''' (born September 30, 1928) was the head football coach at the [[University of California]] from 1964 to 1971.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=PDUQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1Y4DAAAAIBAJ&pg=4734,841569|title=After Eight Seasons .Ray Willsey Quits Cal; White Considers 2 Jobs .|last=Sargis|first=Joe|date=19 January 1972|work=Ellensburg Daily Record|accessdate=22 December 2009}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref> During his tenure he compiled a 40-42-1 record.<ref>{{cite book|last=Boyles|first=Bob|coauthors=Paul Guido|title=The USA Today College Football Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Modern Reference to America's Most Colorful Sport, 1953-Present|publisher=Skyhorse Publishing Inc.|year=2008|chapter=California|isbn=1602393311|url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Rykyvd8b-AwC&pg=PA857}}</ref> He was inducted into the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.<ref name=roots/>
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Willsey was born in [[Regina, Saskatchewan]], and played defensive back and quarterback at [[Tustin High School]] and [[Santa Ana College]]. He played for the California Bears, helping the Bears win 26-0 against Stanford in 1952. He graduated from the University of California in 1953 with a degree in business.<ref name=calbears/> He played for three years for the [[Edmonton Eskimos]] in Canada, but his playing career was ended by an elbow injury.<ref name=roots>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-04/sports/sp-63827_1_head-coach|title=Willsey Traces His Roots of Success to Old Coach|last=Weyler|first=John|date=4 December 1993|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> His first assistant coaching job was at the age of 28 with the [[Washington Redskins]], then he was an assistant coach at the [[University of Texas]] in the late '50s.<ref name=roots/> His first NFL position was at defensive coordinator with the [[Arizona Cardinals|Saint Louis Cardinals]] in 1961,<ref name=roots/> where he went 2-0. After heading the coaching for California from 1964 to 1971, when he resigned, he rejoined the Cardinals. He moved to the [[Oakland Raiders]] in 1977 as backfield coach.<ref name=roots/> In 1988, he served as head coach of the [[Los Angeles Cobras]] during that team's only year of existence in the [[Arena Football League (1987–2008)|Arena Football League]], in which his team compiled a 5-6-1 record.<ref name=roots/><ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-17/sports/sp-1980_1_arena-football|title=Ray Willsey Will Coach L.A.'s Cobras|last=White|first=Lonnie|date=17 March 1988|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was defensive coach of the [[London Monarchs]] when they won the World League title in 1991,<ref name=roots/> and he became their head coach in 1992.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1992-01-10/sports/sp-1821_1_head-coach|title=Names in the News|last=Newswire|work=Los Angeles Times|date=10 January 1992|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was defensive coordinator for the [[Scottish Claymores]] in the mid-90s,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/keller-spreads-gridiron-gospel-1.449309|title=Keller spreads gridiron gospel|last=Davidson|first=Mike|date=22 June 1996|work=Daily Herald|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> and became director of personnel for [[NFL Europe]] in 1996.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/europa/history|title=NFL Europa history|work=NFL|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/12/25/SPGA8AGMCL1.DTL|title='Bear Minimum' was one tough act|last=Bush|first=David|date=25 December 2004|work=San Francisco Chronicle|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Award in 2002.<ref name=calbears>{{cite web|url=http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092702aaa.html|title=Ray Willsey to Receive Glenn Seaborg Award|date=27 September 2002|work=CalBears.com|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref>
 
Willsey was born in [[Regina, Saskatchewan]], and played defensive back and quarterback at [[Tustin High School]] and [[Santa Ana College]]. He played for the California Bears, helping the Bears win 26-0 against Stanford in 1952. He graduated from the University of California in 1953 with a degree in business.<ref name=calbears/> He played for three years for the [[Edmonton Eskimos]] in Canada, but his playing career was ended by an elbow injury.<ref name=roots>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1993-12-04/sports/sp-63827_1_head-coach|title=Willsey Traces His Roots of Success to Old Coach|last=Weyler|first=John|date=4 December 1993|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> His first assistant coaching job was at the age of 28 with the [[Washington Redskins]], then he was an assistant coach at the [[University of Texas]] in the late '50s.<ref name=roots/> His first NFL position was at defensive coordinator with the [[Arizona Cardinals|Saint Louis Cardinals]] in 1961,<ref name=roots/> where he went 2-0. After heading the coaching for California from 1964 to 1971, when he resigned, he rejoined the Cardinals. He moved to the [[Oakland Raiders]] in 1977 as backfield coach.<ref name=roots/> In 1988, he served as head coach of the [[Los Angeles Cobras]] during that team's only year of existence in the [[Arena Football League (1987–2008)|Arena Football League]], in which his team compiled a 5-6-1 record.<ref name=roots/><ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-17/sports/sp-1980_1_arena-football|title=Ray Willsey Will Coach L.A.'s Cobras|last=White|first=Lonnie|date=17 March 1988|work=Los Angeles Times|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was defensive coach of the [[London Monarchs]] when they won the World League title in 1991,<ref name=roots/> and he became their head coach in 1992.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/1992-01-10/sports/sp-1821_1_head-coach|title=Names in the News|last=Newswire|work=Los Angeles Times|date=10 January 1992|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was defensive coordinator for the [[Scottish Claymores]] in the mid-90s,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/keller-spreads-gridiron-gospel-1.449309|title=Keller spreads gridiron gospel|last=Davidson|first=Mike|date=22 June 1996|work=Daily Herald|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> and became director of personnel for [[NFL Europe]] in 1996.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.nfl.com/europa/history|title=NFL Europa history|work=NFL|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2004/12/25/SPGA8AGMCL1.DTL|title='Bear Minimum' was one tough act|last=Bush|first=David|date=25 December 2004|work=San Francisco Chronicle|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref> He was awarded the Glenn T. Seaborg Award in 2002.<ref name=calbears>{{cite web|url=http://www.calbears.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092702aaa.html|title=Ray Willsey to Receive Glenn Seaborg Award|date=27 September 2002|work=CalBears.com|accessdate=22 December 2009}}</ref>
   
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| name = [[California Golden Bears football|California Golden Bears]]
 
| name = [[California Golden Bears football|California Golden Bears]]
 
| startyear = 1964
 
| startyear = 1964
| conf = [[Pacific-8 Conference]]
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| conf = [[Pac 10 Conference|Pacific 8 Conference]]
 
| endyear = 1971
 
| endyear = 1971
 
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[[Category:Texas Longhorns football coaches]]
 
[[Category:Texas Longhorns football coaches]]
 
[[Category:World League of American Football coaches]]
 
[[Category:World League of American Football coaches]]
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[[Category:Arena Football League coaches]]
 

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