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Monday, January 21, 2013

Former Rider coach Ray Wilson dies

Former Rider University basketball coach Ray Wilson died over the weekend. He was 71.

Wilson coached the women's team for the five seasons and was the 1985 East Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

The longtime Toms River resident also spent time on the men's bench as an assistant during the 1983-84 season in which the Broncs won the ECC and took part in the NCAA tournament.

Current women's coach Lynn Milligan played for Wilson.

"He was such a nice man, and a very good coach," Milligan said. "The players all really liked him. This is sad news."

A 1964 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Wilson taught physical education at Lakewood High School and led the Piners to three Shore Conference titles in his five seasons as boys coach before moving to Rider.

He also coached at Hammonton High.

Wilson spent the past 20 years living in North Carolina.

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