Curtis Bray

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Curtis Bray
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-05-09)May 9, 1970
Place of birth: Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Date of death: January 15, 2014(2014-01-15) (aged 43)
Place of death: Ames, Iowa
Career information
High school: Monroeville (PA) Gateway
College: Pittsburgh
Undrafted: 1992
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Curtis Sidney Bray (May 9, 1970 – January 15, 2014) was an American football coach. He was a coach for Duquesne University, Western Kentucky University, Villanova University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Iowa State University.

Early years

Bray attended Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania where he was a star athlete in football, basketball, and track. Bray followed in the foot steps of his father and uncles who played professionally with teams including the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Toronto Argonauts, Memphis Southmen, and the N.Y. Giants. He was a starter in football from his freshman year of high school and contributed to record 33 victories of the 1984–1986 season teams. Bray was the first athlete in Gateway history to acquire 12 letters in his 4 years at Gateway. Further Bray led the Gators basketball team to the WPIAL playoffs and also State Playoffs in three seasons and won the state championship for javelin in his senior year. Bray was an academic All-American and received the Monroeville Citizen of the Year award. In 1987 he became the first defensive player to win the Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year Award.[1]

College career

Bray was recruited nationally by top universities including Pitt, Notre Dame, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Penn State and demonstrated academic prowess by being accepted by Ivy League schools including Yale, Harvard and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. Bray ultimately stayed close to home and played linebacker at the University of Pittsburgh starting his first game of his freshman year. During his career he had 170 tackles, despite battling through numerous injuries during his junior and senior season.


On the morning of January 15, 2014, Bray collapsed while going to a meeting due to a pulmonary embolism and later died. [2][3]


  1. Gatorade - Player of the Year 25th Anniversary - Curtis Bray Bio
  2. Iowa State DL Coach Curtis Bray, 43, dies
  3. "Iowa St DL coach Curtis Bray dies at 43". The Washington Post. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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