Raymond Shay is the founding coach of the middle school speech & debate team at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart where he also serves as the Director of Technology & Summer Programs. Through his involvement with the New Jersey Speech & Debate League, Ray has worked to expand opportunities for New Jersey middle school students to find their voices and share their stories. Even during pandemic restrictions, Ray coordinated online tournaments and online speech festivals to ensure that middle school students continued to create art and express themselves.
Previously, Ray was the head coach of a high school speech & debate team for 12 years and has been a member of the National Speech & Debate Association for 26 years. Ray has been recognized as a two-diamond coach in the honor society and his students have been named NSDA National Finalists as well as State Champions in both high school and middle school. Ray lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Cory Clark Shay (also a two-diamond speech & debate coach) and their 5 children.