NEW ORLEANS -- The Jesuit High School community is mourning the loss of legendary player and coach Ray Coates, who died Wednesday. He was 89.
A 1944 graduate of Jesuit, Coates was a four-sport star in the 1940s at Jesuit. In the 1943 football season, he was a senior and the captain and star quarterback of the Blue Jay football team. That year, he helped lead the team to an undefeated season and state championship.
Coates still holds the top two spots in Jesuit's football record book for longest interception returns. He also holds the top spot in Jesuit's record book for the longest punt return - 93 yards against Fortier in 1943.
He went on to play football at LSU, alongside future Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle, before joining the New York Giants. Coates played two years for the Giants.
He returned to Jesuit in 1959 to teach and coach. He was head football coach from 1966 to 1970 and worked there until 1988 when he retired. During his tenure as head coach, Jesuit compiled a 40-12 won-loss record and his teams made three appearances in the playoffs.
He was inducted into the Allstate Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame in 1997.
Funeral services will be Monday, July 8 at Jesuit High School's Chapel of the North American Martyrs. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until noon, with a funeral Mass to follow.