WILLIAMSBURG (WAVY) – Bill Bray pitched for Ocean Lakes High School, then for the College of William and Mary, and later for both the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds. Though his injury-shortened career last six seasons, Bray’s career with the Tribe still tops the record books in opponent batting average and striekouts per nine innings.
The 33-year old received two honors from his alma mater over the summer; an induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame, and his undergraduate degree.
These days, his career has come full circle. Bray spent the last few months as pitching coach over at Jamestown High School- about ten minutes away from William and Mary. Even after facing some of the best hitters the game has to offer in the bigs, Bray says coaching can be a little more nerve-wracking than playing.
“You want them to succeed so badly, and I can’t throw the pitch for them,” said Bray. “It’s not like it’s me on the mound thinking of how I would do things. It’s me sitting on the sidelines just praying I call the right pitch.”
Jamestown (16-4) enjoyed one of its best seasons in school history, earning a top seed in the conference tournament, but was upset by Powhatan in the first round of the playoffs.
With the season over, Bray is about to embark on his next chapter– as a law student back at William and Mary. With a law degree, Bray hopes he can make a return to the big leagues. “I want to stay in baseball professionally, either as an agent or working on the team side or the player side, and continue to be involved in the game I love and hopefully grow it internationally,” he said.