Former UF softball coach Ray faces charges


Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Florida softball coach and longtime Arizona assistant Larry Ray is scheduled to appear in Pima County Justice Court on Wednesday after being arrested on suspicion of criminal damage domestic violence and two counts of disorderly conduct domestic violence last month.

Ray, 61, was arrested April 29 after smashing the rear window of his wife's car with a sledgehammer following a dispute at their home, according to police reports obtained by the Arizona Daily Star.

Ray's daughter called authorities around 10 p.m., according to reports, saying the coach was "extremely drunk" and arguing with his wife.

Through his lawyer, A. Bates Butler III, Ray denied being drunk. Butler said Ray offered to take a Breathalyzer at the scene but was refused.

Ray had wanted to leave the house, but his wife took his keys because he had been drinking, reports stated. Ray then smashed her car, according to reports, which was already "totaled out" and sitting in their garage.

Butler said Friday he anticipates the charges will be "favorably resolved" in the near future and compared the window-smashing of a totaled car to "breaking broken bottles."

UA spokesman Tom Duddleston Jr. declined comment.

Ray's status through the postseason is unclear. Operations director Alicia Hollowell, a former UA pitcher, has taken over Ray's duties.

Ray has coached 21 seasons over two terms at Arizona, with a stint as Florida's head coach in between. Ray was the Florida softball team's inaugural coach and was with the Gators for four seasons. In 1998, Ray was named the SEC Coach of the Year when the Gators won the SEC regular season title and reached the NCAA Regional Championships.

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