Ray Rook is a 1988 Warrior graduate that I had the privilege and pleasure of coaching while he wore the blue and gold on the Del Norte gridiron.
When you watch a football game, every offensive play starts with the center snap. Ray played the center position for the Warrior junior varsity and varsity during his entire four year career. I know that as a football coach I always looked for someone I could trust to put in that key position. With Ray there I knew the play would always start right, whether it ended that way or not.
Ray only played baseball for one year as it was not his favorite activity. The sport that he was really good at beside football was swimming. Ray swam in the local age group swim program from the time he was old enough to do so and was very successful.
After graduation Ray became involved with coaching in the local youth program. It was something he did for 10 years as he served as head coach in two different age groups.
After his experience with the youth program Ray joined Steve Luis, Del Norte’s junior varsity head coach as his offensive line coach. At two different times, when Steve was waging his battle with cancer, Ray served as interim head coach and did an excellent job. Ray is now serving as the varsity offensive line coach for the Warriors under Bob Hadfield.
Ray has worked for the Department of Corrections for several years and just recently took a position at Pelican Bay as a fire captain.