A name familiar to some of the most successful soccer players to ever come out of Chattanooga is returning home to join the staff of CFC Academy as Technical Director and Coach.
Kris Ray has more than 25 years of coaching experience at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels. He is currently serving as Central Oregon Regional Director (ODP) and is a staff coach and director for Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns ID Camps.
“Bringing someone like Kris back to Chattanooga is a good thing for the entire soccer community," said CFC Academy Director of Coaching Steve Hirayama.
"Not only have so many of his players found success at the next level, those relationships continued well after club soccer ended. That tells you everything you need to know about the impact a coach like Kris can have on our players in soccer and in life.”
“I’m very excited to be back in Chattanooga and ready to help Steve do some exciting things in the soccer community," said Ray.
While in Chattanooga he ran the Elite Soccer Training program which worked with more than 100 players who went on to play at the next level. After leaving Chattanooga, Kris has served as Coaching Director for three MLS-affiliated clubs. He has been part of camp coaching staffs for Syracuse University, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, MTSU, UNC, and Duke University in his career.
Players who trained with Kris, went on to play college soccer in the SEC, ACC, and Big 10. His players have also been invited to train in US Soccer's National or Regional Training Pools. As a team coach, he's led groups to state championships, NPL South Atlantic Premier League championships, and has competed for a National Championship.
In college, he played at Western Kentucky University.
Kris Ray holds his NSCAA Premier Coaching Diploma & NSCAA Director of Coaching Certificate. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Kris' teams have won several Disney Showcases. He plans to take CFCA teams there in the future.
Kris has trained several top Chattanooga players over the years.
Some of the region's top players trained with Kris to reach their goals
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