Hall of Fame

James “Wooky” Gray

Football Coach 1978-1993

Induction Class of 2002

Dr. James Gray, who was better known to everyone as Wooky, came to Mississippi Delta Junior College in 1978. He served as Chairman of the Physical Education Department and Head Football Coach of the Trojans until his retirement in 1993.

During Gray’s 16 years at Mississippi Delta, his football teams captured 3 North Division Titles, in 1978, 1984, and 1993, and a State Title in 1993. They were state runner-up in 1978, 1988, and 1991. His overall record in 16 years as head coach was 91-63-4. His record at Leland High was 45-4-2. Coach Gray’s lifetime record is 139-69-6.

Gray received numerous professional honors during his career. He was named Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1991, and named Football Coach of the Year in 1978. He was the Delta Valley Conference Football Coach of the Year in 1971 and 1974 and the Alabama Collegiate Conference Baseball Coach of the Year in 1967.

Coach Gray had 190 players receive four year scholarships. He also had 13 players go on to play pro football, and one played in a Super Bowl. One of his high school players also went on to play in a Super Bowl.

In 1993 his Trojans finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record after winning the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Championship. For this he was named National Junior College Coach of the Year by the NJCAA.

Coach Wooky Gray passed away in 1994 shortly after retiring from MDCC.

To honor Coach Gray the college named the James H. “Wooky” Gray Field House in his honor.

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