CIRCLEVILLE, OH - OCU Head Coach Mandy Wray, OCU's all-time career wins leader for Women's Basketball, is hanging up the whistle after seven memorable seasons at the helm of Trailblazer basketball. Wray made the announcement to her team and campus family this past week, just days after returning from the NCCAA National Convention.
Wray quickly built an NCCAA national contender at OCU, inheriting a struggling program in 2006. After enduring a 4-20 season in her first year, she had the Trailblazers playing in the NCCAA Championship Game by the end of the 2009-10 season.
The Trailblazers went 26-6 during the 2009-10 season, winning the OCAC Conference Title and finishing as NCCAA National Runner-Up. That season still stands in the record books as the best finish in program history.
Coach Wray also recruited and coached the top two scorers in program history in Shelby Roe and Brenda Baker. Both players helped lead the 2009-10 Blazers to the NCCAA Finals.
Wray also helped foster spiritual growth as she took the team on their very first mission trip to the Dominican Republic in December of 2012. The team partnered with Score International and raised over $30,000 in what proved to be a life changing experience for many of the players.
"Coach Wray proudly walks away from the sidelines with her family as a top priority," stated OCU Athletic Director, Ben Belleman. "We appreciate all that she has done for Traiblazer Basketball and we wish her nothing but the best as she seeks God's continued leading in her life."
A national coaching search will begin immediately as OCU seeks out top candidates to build upon the foundation established by Coach Mandy Wray.
With brand new state-of-the-art facilities, quality academic programs, and enthusiastic administration support, it is expected that there will be a flood of interest in the women's basketball head coach position.
Coach Wray cuts down the nets after winning the OCAC Conference Title.