Wyalusing dedicates field for Ray Raffin.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | August 27, 2016

 

WYALUSING — For 35 years Ray Raffin roamed the sidelines at Wyalusing.

Over those three decades Raffin won 205 games. Eleven times he brought home an NTL title and he also once won a District 4 crown.

On Friday the school made sure Raffin's name will always be remembered at the school as they dedicated the field in his honor.

"It's a great honor and certainly I appreciate it because it won't be named after anyone else," Raffin joked.

The dedication included letters from former players, and Raffin's long-time assistant coach Dave Behrend gave a speech about his friend.

For Behrend, and everyone who talked about Raffin, it was tough to fight back the tears.

"It is, it's hard," Behrend said. "Trying to not cry was tough, it was pretty hard to do. I know a lot of my former players out there have never seen me cry. But, I used to tell my football players, if you can't cry, you shouldn't play for me."

Raffin appreciated Behrend's words.

"Dave always does a good job when he talks about me," Raffin said. "I had to pay him a lot," he joked.

For Raffin it was special to see his former players show up to support him.

"There are a lot of former players," Raffin said. "We had a good group of kids over the years, they were tough to beat."

For Behrend it was also a day to remember the past.

"It's nice, it brings back a lot of memories," Behrend said. "It was a lot of fun, we had a great time. Hopefully we turned young boys into great men."

Raffin remembers a lot of what things were like in the past.

"We had some good years, we had some good times, it was a lot of fun," he said. "I will tell you what, back when we played the bleachers were filled and you couldn't get a seat. I looked in the stands tonight and there are still a lot of empty seats.

"We had a good time with what we did. It was a career."

 

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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.