Ray Laing, Who Coached Central to Its Only Football State Championships, Passed Away January 26

Posted by Community Relations on 1/27/2016

Ray Laing, who coached Central to its only football state championships, passed away January 26 at age 76. Laing led the Bobcats to undefeated 13-win seasons in 1969 and 1972. In 1969 his team snapped St. Mary’s try for three consecutive state titles with a 14-7 win. In 1972, the Bobcats beat next door neighbor Brophy Prep, 21-0 in the title game. Laing started at Central in 1966, and in 1976 moved to Phoenix College. He later coached at Mesa Community College, and for the past seven years, he was helping the staff at Brophy, completing his 55th consecutive year of coaching. Laing recently was part of the first class inducted into the Phoenix Union High School District Sports hall of Fame, in December.