The ‘coaching bug’ hit Ray Arvizu much earlier in life than it did most successful coaches, and it’s something that continues to drive Arvizu today as he enters his second year on the Bears’ Men’s Basketball coaching staff. Arvizu first started thinking about his coaching aspirations while playing high school ball. Arvizu began coaching in recreational leagues, and continued to coach in those leagues during the summer while playing high school and college basketball during the winter. Arvizu’s first experience on the college level was his a two-year starting point guard at South Mountain Community College. Arvizu excelled under then-head coach Dan Nichols, setting a school record with 27 assists in a single game, and placing in the top 5 in assists per game in the nation. From SMCC, Arvizu moved on to Grand Canyon University, where he finally decided that coaching was more important to him than playing, and while working at his family’s advertising agency, began expanding his coaching resume’.
Arvizu is now well-known in Phoenix-area club basketball circles as the head coach of the Arizona Stars’ basketball team, where fellow Bears’ assistant Carlo Camacho is a part of Arvizu’s staff. The native of Phoenix also set an example for his charges by maintaining a 3.8 cumulative grade point average in earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from GCU in 2006. Now, Arvizu joins Gordon’s staff to help provide his expertise for the Bears’ program.
When Ray’s not in the gym, he enjoys spending time with his fiancée, April, and his two son, Joseph and Drakes.