Raymond C. Humphrey '87
Georgetown aspires to excel in intercollegiate athletics at the highest level. In addition, the University aims to foster the formation of character and leadership in its student-athletes. One would be hard pressed to find a better personification of these objectives than Raymond Humphrey.
As a standout track performer at Beacon High School in Dutchess County, New York, Ray earned All-America honors and was the school's first-ever state champion. Coming to the Hilltop, this long- and triple-jumper became one of the most decorated athletes to walk the halls of McDonough, compiling a list of individual titles as long as one of his record-setting flights into the pit.
In four years, Ray racked up 12 BIG EAST Conference titles to go with his nine IC4A individual crowns. He also earned NCAA All-America honors five different times. In the Penn Relays Championship of America, Ray claimed four titles during his career. Before he graduated, he set seven school records, three of which still stand.
In 1987, Ray received the Scholar Athlete Award from the BIG EAST. In addition, Georgetown presented to him the Robert A. Duffey Memorial Award, given to the senior who best exhibits excellence in both academics and athletics. He graduated with a degree in English and Psychology. In 1988, he was named a candidate for the BIG EAST's "Athlete of the Decade." Ray was also twice selected to the U.S. Track and Field Team.
Ray signed on as an assistant coach with Coach Frank Gagliano after finishing his undergraduate degree, and worked with the jumpers until 1995. Under his watch, Hoya jumpers earned 11 individual BIG EAST crowns, two IC4A titles and two NCAA bids. Ray did not limit his work experience to the Athletic Department. He served as a summer intern for then-Dean of Student Affairs, Jack DeGioia, prior to his senior year. In 1995, he interned with Georgetown University's Office of Legal Counsel. In the intervening years, he earned a law degree from Georgetown's Law Center.
After leaving the Hilltop, Ray served as the Athletes Service Coordinator for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. At the same time, he gained admission to the Georgia State Bar. Following the Olympics, he worked at Turner Sports as a Contract Manager representing World Championship Wrestling's "Monday Nitro." Ray has since published a number of personal development books including Connecting Cultures (1999) and A Profession of Faith (2001).
Ray currently practices law with his wife, Tabitha, in Dunwoody, Georgia. He also serves as Executive Director of HOPE worldwide-Georgia, which provides social, health and educational services for at-risk communities. His mentoring and tutoring program has been nominated three times in the past five years as the leading mentoring and tutoring program in the state of Georgia.