|Title:||Offensive Coordinator/ Head Men's Lacrosse Coach|
Ray is in his 16th season as a member of the Bears
football coaching staff and this year will mark his first season as
the head coach of the men's lacrosse team, its first as
a varsity sport, after serving as the associate
head coach for the last two seasons.
Last season, the lacrosse team won the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL) for the first time in 30 club seasons.
He has been the Offensive Coordinator for the past 10 seasons while also coaching the quarterbacks. He was the Defensive Coordinator for his first six years on the Bears coaching staff.
The Bears offense has thrived under LaForte as the Bears won back-to-back New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division Championships in 2006 and 2007 while setting a school-record with 14 straight conference wins.
Under LaForte, the Bears have tied or set 28 school offensive records since 2006 with the fast paced, no huddle style offensive approach. He converted Christian George from a wide receiver to a quarterback and George was named the NEFC Bogan Division Offensive Player of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. He also coached three All-Division quarterbacks in the last four years and coached a trio of record setting wide receivers in current senior Collis Brown (single-game receptions record), Sam England (most career receptions) and Eric Gerken (most receptions in a single-season).
In 2012, the Bears set a school-record with 3,661 yards of total
offense, 2,694 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes and the team
was second in the nation with just two fumbles lost. In 2007, the
Bears set a NEFC record with 684 yards of total offense in a single
Ray has a history of mentoring quarterbacks as he worked with Jeff Blake in 1991 at East Carolina the same season Blake finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting as the Pirates finished the season ninth in the final AP poll.
At Coast Guard, he coached a pair of quarterbacks, Niles Pierson
(2006) and Jon Resch (2009) who won the prestigious Gold Helmet
from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Last season, quarterback
Derek Victory was named the New England Football Conference Rookie
of the Year.
LaForte a 26-year coaching veteran, spent five seasons as the Defensive Coordinator at Ithaca, sharing an office with current Coast Guard head coach Bill George.
While at Ithaca, LaForte coached four first team All-America selections and the Bombers made a trip to the 1994 NCAA Semifinals and won two ECAC Championships (1996, 1998). In 1998, his punt return team led the NCAA in yards per return.
LaForte was also an assistant lacrosse coach at Ithaca for five seasons.
Prior to coaching at Ithaca, LaForte was a graduate assistant at East Carolina from 1991-1993.
He was also an assistant track coach at Coast Guard where he mentored Adam Scalesse to six All American finishes.
Ray, his wife Michelle and children Michael (15), Mason (12) and Madison (8) reside in Waterford.