Curtis Bray, the 43-year-old Iowa State assistant football coach, has died, the athletics department confirmed Wednesday.
Bray leaves behind a wife, Heather, and two children, Sydney Nicole and a son, Colden Charles.
“Curtis Bray was a dear friend to me and to all he ever came in contact with,” head coach Paul Rhoads said in a statement. “He was a trusted and loyal assistant coach who always put the kids and the team in front of his work. He was as genuine in his approach to relationships, coaching and life as anyone I have ever been associated with. We will miss him dearly.”
Bray just finished his fifth year of coaching the Cyclones defensive ends.
“He definitely was a father figure for me with everything that has happened in my life,” end Cory Morrissey said in a statement. “I lost my father when I was 14. I learned everything about the position and life lessons from him. He coached beyond the field. He coached young men to become men.”
A native of Monroeville, Penn., Bray graduated in 1992 from Pitt with a bachelor's of economics. In high school he was a tremendous football player, becoming the first defensive player to be named the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year.
Bray also coached at Pitt and Temple.