Terry Gray begins his first season as the Desperados OL/DL Coach and Director of Player Personnel, bringing seven years of coaching experience to Dallas – four years in the AFL and three years at the college level – along with four years of experience as an AFL scout.
Gray spent the 2004 AFL season as the southwest scout for the Philadelphia Soul during their inaugural campaign. Prior to moving with Coach Michael Trigg to Philadelphia, Gray was a scout for Trigg’s Grand Rapids club from 2001-03. His work as a scout paid off during the 2001 AFL season as the Rampage won ArenaBowl XV.
Gray served as the Houston Thunderbears (Texas Terror in 1997) FB/LB and OL/DL coach and Director of Player Personnel in 1997 and 1998. In his first season with Houston, Gray coached Carlos Fowler, who was named Lineman of the Year after posting 34.5 tackles and leading the league in tackles for losses (12.0) and sacks (11.5) on defense and helping block for the league’s leading passing attack, averaging 306.1 yards-per-game.
Prior to arriving in Houston, Gray served as the tight ends coach at Baylor, his alma mater in 1996. For the 1995 AFL season, Gray was the Assistant Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Milwaukee Mustangs. Milwaukee finished the season sixth in scoring offense (45.1 points-per-game) and in total defense allowing 254.8 yards-per-game.
Following the AFL season, he returned to Cisco Junior College where he spent two seasons coaching the offensive line. He made his AFL coaching debut in 1994 as the Assistant Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for the Fort Worth Cavalry. His first coaching stint was as a graduate assistant at Baylor, where he worked with the offensive line in 1993.
After playing along the offensive line at Cisco Junior College in 1986 and 1987, he played guard at Baylor for two seasons – 1988-89. Upon graduating, he saw time at guard with the Los Angeles Rams in 1990. In 1991, he played guard for the Houston Oilers and the Raleigh-Durham Sky Hawks of the WLAF. He was part of the WLAF Sacramento Surge World Bowl championship team in 1992 while also playing with the Oilers following the World League’s season. He made his last stop as a player with AFL’s Dallas Texans in 1993.
Gray holds an associate’s degree in applied arts from Cisco Junior College and a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University. During the Desperados off-season, Gray works with Dallas Cowboys scouts in evaluating NFL free agents.