Former Co-Lin head football coach Ray Ishee of Wesson was recently inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.
Ishee has enjoyed success as an outstanding athlete and with a distinguished career as an educator, administrator, and coach on the high school and college levels. A native of Taylorsville, Ishee played football at Jones County Junior College where he was named first team Mississippi Junior College (MJC) All State in 1967 and was selected to play in the MJC All Star Game that year.
After JCJC, Ishee played at Delta State University, where he was named co-captain of the football team and most outstanding defensive player, and received the Jackson Touchdown Club Outstanding Senior Athlete Award in 1969. He worked as a graduate assistant at Delta State while pursuing a master’s degree.
Ishee began his coaching career with successful years at Cleveland and Greenwood High Schools, and spent one year as an assistant coach at Delta State. He returned to the community college system in 1979 as defensive coordinator at Co-Lin. He was named head coach and athletic director at Co-Lin in 1985, where his teams made four state playoff appearances and were ranked in the top ten nationally. Under his leadership, the Wolfpack won a state championship and the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) East Bowl in 1985. They went on to a south division championship in 1986, a state championship in track in 1987, a state playoff appearance in 1988, and a south division championship in 1989.
Ishee was named Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, where he served for 11 years before retiring in 2001. After retirement, he served as high school principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy. In 2007, he began a new career in private business with Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.
Ishee’ s many career accolades include being named Mississippi Association of Coaches Coach of the Year (1987-track), and selections to the National Junior College Football Coaches Hall of Fame (1996), the Co-Lin Sports Hall of Fame (2009), the Delta State Sports Hall of Fame (2013), and the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame (2016).
Ishee and his wife Rhonda are parents to two children, son Brad and wife Linda of Madison, and daughter Marci Kristen of Knoxville, Tennessee, and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce.
Other members of the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame from Co-Lin are Carl Medley, Alton Ricks, Henry “Hook” Stone, M. K. Turk, Charlie Ward, Alton Greenlee, A.J. “Red” Mangum, Bob Ricketts, Gwyn Young, Bucky Waters, Albert “Sonny” Hill, Cindy Hodges Williams, and Troy C. Greer.