COLUMBUS, Miss. – Director of Athletics Jason Trufant and The W Athletics are pleased to announce the hiring of Gray Massey as the first head coach of the women's soccer program.
Gray Massey joins the Owls athletic staff after five seasons as the head coach of the Lady Warriors soccer team at East Central Community College. At the helm of the ECC program, Massey's team made an appearance in the MACJC/National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 semifinals for the first time in the programs history, had the program's most successful seasons, was named National Academic Team of the Year in 2014, and tied for ninth overall in the NJCAA in team grade-point average with a 3.39 GPA in 2016.
Prior to East Central, Massey served as head coach for the girls' and boys' soccer team at Florence High School, where his teams grabbed three consecutive state titles during a high successful eight-year tenure.
Massey led the Lady Eagles soccer team to two straight state championships, the most recent coming in 2013 with a 2-0 victory over West Lauderdale for the MHSAA Class 4A title. The 2012-13 Lady Eagles finished 16-5-3. The Lady Eagles also won district titles from 2007-2011 and finished South State finalist in 2007. Because of his leadership, Massey received District Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
As the head of the boys' soccer team, Massey coached the program to a 2011 state championship and three South State championships in 2007, 2008, and 2011. The boys' team was also named South State finalist in 2006 and 2010 and North State finalist in 2013. He is recognized as the second of four high school soccer coaches to lead both girls' and boys' teams to state soccer titles.
As the boy's coach, he was honored as the 2012 NFHS Mississippi Coach of the Year, 2012 All-Star coach, 2011 Mississippi Association of Coaches Boys' Soccer Coach of the Year and District Coach of the Year (2006-12).
Also during his time at Florence High, Massey was selected as the 2012 Teacher of the Year for his efforts in the classroom teaching U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, and Mississippi Studies.
Massey's resume includes serving as coach for the Jackson Futbol Club and Aggieland Soccer Club teams. He has also worked as a goalkeeper coach at Texas A&M Women's Soccer Camp summer camps in College Station.
A Brandon native, Massey is a former standout soccer player at Northwest Rankin High School. He received a soccer scholarship to Hinds Community College where the goalkeeper was an All-Region 23 selection in 1996. He continued his success at Mississippi College in Clinton, where in 1998 he was named second team All-Eastern Division in the American Southwest Conference.
He received a bachelor's degree in sociology at Mississippi College in May 2001 and completed a master's degree in coaching education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2013.
He holds National Goalkeeper and National Youth licenses from the United States Soccer Federation. He also holds Premiere National and National Goalkeeper diplomas from the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America. In addition, he holds a National "B" Coaching License with the United States Soccer Federation.
He and his wife, Lauren, have two children, Reid, nine; and Ryleigh, seven.
Massey will officially start with the Owls on Thursday, Dec. 14.