Former Reed City football standout enjoying coaching success at Division III school

Raby leads Morrisville to 5-1 start

Ed Raby

Ed

Raby

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REED CITY – Ed Raby learned all about winning football at Reed City High School and has carried this on to the collegiate program as head coach of the SUNY-Morrisville football team.

SUNY stands for State University of New York where Morrisville is located. It’s a long way from Reed City but the winning experience continues for Raby, whose NCAA Division III team is 5-1 after six weeks.

He’s also defensive coordinator. His team was 2-8 last season in his first official year as coach. The team was 1-8 in the Empire 8 Conference.

He’s been at Morrisville since 2017 when he was defensive coordinator and safety coach through 2019. He served one year as interim head coach before becoming head coach. Raby was assistant coach at Allegheny College 2014-15 and at Alfred University 2013.

SUNY Morrisville Director of Athletics, Matt Grawrock, announced the selection of Raby as the head coach of the Mustangs football program in the winter of 2021 following a search. Raby is the third coach of the Mustang program as a member of the NCAA, Division III since the 2006 season.
 
“This is a great day for the SUNY Morrisville Athletic Department,” said Grawrock the day of the announcement. “I am extremely excited to name Ed Raby as head coach of Mustang football moving forward. He rose to the top in the search process because of his passion and drive, and I’m confident he will lead our program forward towards success in the Empire 8 conference and in the region.
 
“Ed handled the interim title with poise and commitment through a difficult time for our team and the campus community. As we started this process it became evident our student-athletes believe in what he is looking to accomplish. He has done a tremendous job becoming a dedicated member of the Morrisville community, and has worked tirelessly to do more than coach football on this campus. I look forward to what he will be able to do for our program, the department, and our campus community, and am incredibly optimistic about the future of Mustang Football with Coach Raby in the lead.”
 
Raby came to SUNY Morrisville from Allegheny College in 2017 where he served in various roles for three seasons, including three on the defensive side of the ball as the defensive line coach in 2014 and 2016, as well as the linebackers coach in 2015.

With Raby as defensive coordinator during the 2019 season, Morrisville finished third overall in the Empire 8 in interceptions and fourth-down conversions. At the conclusion of the season four individuals ranked in the top 10 across the conference in tackles, one top five in sacks, two in the top 10 in passes defended and one in interceptions.

Raby earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alma College where he was a four-year letter winner and three-year starter on the defensive line. He completed his Master of Business Administration degree from Alfred University in 2014.

Raby grew up in the Reed City, moved for a few years and came back. He played in 2007 for coach Monty Price, who is now at Belding. Reed City was 8-3 that season and went to the district finals.

Raby played offensive line and defensive line for the Coyotes. He was all-conference and all-state.

“Coach Price and I are pretty close,” Raby said. “He was in my wedding. We’re pretty good friends. We became really good friends after I graduated. I stayed very close to the program until he left. To this day, I still talk to coach (Scott) Shankel as well.”

Raby helped out at various Reed City football camps.

“When I finished playing college, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” he said. “I had several people in my life saying I’d be a good coach. So I started applying for some graduate assistant positions. I figured if I got one of those, I could coach for a few years and see what it’s like and they would also pay for my master’s degree.

“I wound up applying all over the country and ended up going to Alfred University (in New York State) as my first stop. I loved football. I always loved the team environment of football. I figure I’d stay in the game as long as I can.”

It’s his first head coach job.

“Most guys have to wait quite awhile to be a head coach at the college level,” he said. “I was at the right place at the right time. I was 29 years old when they named me the interim head coach, which is pretty young. I think I earned it but I feel I’m very blessed, especially being at Morrisville which competes in the Empire 8, one of the top Division 3 conferences in the country.

“We want to play simple so our guys can think fast. We want to think players not plays. Who are our best players and what do they do? We have a system that allows us to adapt to the strength of our players.”

Raby and his wife, Olivia, reside in Morrisville with their two children. Morrisville is in update New York, near Syracuse. He still has family in Reed City. His mom (Jody) and dad (Ed Sr.) both attended Reed City High School.

“I still consider it my hometown,” Raby Jr. said.