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SFCC names $18 million gym after longtime athletic director

Maurice “Maury” Ray (Courtesy of Community Colleges of Spokane)
Maurice “Maury” Ray (Courtesy of Community Colleges of Spokane)

Spokane Falls Community College will name its $18 million athletic center after Maurice “Maury” Ray, a former coach and athletic director who spent more than three decades with the school.

The 23,700-square-foot athletic center, expected to be completed in June 2018, will host intercollegiate basketball and volleyball in addition to physical education classes. It replaces a 50-year-old building.

Ray became the athletic director in 1978, also gaining the title of dean of health, physical education and recreation. According to a news release, he combined the SFCC and Spokane Community College teams and grew the number of sports offered by the district.

Under Ray’s leadership, those teams won 94 Northwest Athletic Conference championships and more than 200 regional titles. The conference now gives an annual athletic award called the Maury Ray Cup. He retired in 2005.

“Maury Ray built an outstanding program here in Spokane and recognizing his accomplishments by naming the new facility in his honor seems only fitting,” Ken Burrus, the current athletic director, said in the news release.

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