Ray came to SEMO after three seasons as head coach at Mississippi State. The Compton-native was a longtime Division I assistant prior to that.
So what’s next for Southwest Missouri State? A couple names that make sense include former Missouri State head coach Paul Lusk (currently at Creighton), former Vanderbilt/Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew and former Southern Illinois head coach Chris Lowery (currently at Kansas State).
Another interesting choice could be Kim Anderson, who has had a ton of success at the D-II level and while that didn’t translate to his tenure at Mizzou, maybe a mid-major gig would be a better fit for him.
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