That would be assistant coach Steve Wray, who played two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins as well as three United States Football League franchises during the 1980s.Steve WrayWray
, however, prefers to pass out advice these days.During a recent practice, Wray, 44, worked with Speedway's two quarterbacks on the art of throwing a corner route into the end zone.
Initially, they tried to lead receivers, and most attempts were incomplete or batted down.Wray
halted the drill and showed them another way: By throwing the ball over the helmet of the defender, he
said, there was no way for him to follow the ball.
"I didn't know if I'd want to do this after being at the professional level," said Wray
, a former standout at Plainfield High School
."At the pro level, it definitely is a business.But high school ball, it's back to being a true sport and there's nothing quite like being out there on Friday nights.It's very exciting."Wray
, in his
14th season with Speedway
, is one of several area coaches who have experienced pro football.
was the position coach for Pelley's son, Justin, who had a standout career at Hanover College
"My son is a great example," said Pelley, who persuaded Wray
to join his
staff when he
took the Speedway job in 1990."He
played all four years in college and a lot of that was because of Steve. (Justin) was way ahead of other (quarterbacks) technically."Wray
, who called Seattle's 1983 preseason game against Green Bay and its '84 preseason Hall of Fame Game against Tampa Bay his
career highlights, said players sometimes will ask what it was like as a pro.But his
resume is not something he
discusses regularly."I don't advertise it because I want them to know me as their coach," said Wray, who teaches physical education at Speedway.
"I just want to work with each kid individually in whatever way I can.The fact I was a pro player doesn't really matter."
Pelley said Wray's
teaching style would be effective regardless of his history.
gets frustrated but tries not to show it.