Ray Glier, Consulting Vice President, brings to the firm 40 years of journalism experience, which has included contributions to The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times, Forbes, OZY, The International Herald Tribune, Agence France Presse, and many more. His byline has appeared on the front page of The New York Times.
Ray was Executive Sports Editor of The Knoxville Journal from 1989-1992. During his tenure, the sports section was named to the top 10 sections in the U.S. by The Associated Press Sports Editors, garnering the award in 1989 and 1990.
Ray covered college athletics in the south as a contract writer for The Washington Post from 1992 to 2002. His work with the Post was featured on National Public Radio. Ray also covered NCAA football, Major League Baseball, the NFL, and the NBA for The New York Times from 2002-2019. He worked for USA TODAY and The Gannett Company from 1992-2019.
Ray has written seven books on college football, including “How the SEC Became Goliath” and was co-author of “4th And Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection.”
Ray was a consultant to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, a $66-million attraction next to CNN Center, where he participated in helping decide which Hall of Famers and historical milestones of the game to include in exhibits. Ray contracted with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Mike Lukovich to create a mural on the second floor of the hall featuring famous coaches. He also helped choose quotes from NFL coaches to be engraved into granite on the Hall of Fame atrium floor.
Ray has a B.S. in journalism from West Virginia University. In 2018, he won first and second place from the Georgia Sportswriters Association for feature writing on college athletics.