Ray Hennessy is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach on the Canisius softball staff. A former assistant baseball coach at both Mercyhurst (1988-91) and Erie Community College (1991-93), Hennessy brings a wealth of softball knowledge to the Canisius staff. From 2002-13, he served as the president and Gold Team coach for the New Era Diamond Girls, one of the top travel programs in Western New York. On the Canisius staff, he will help with practice and game management, work with the team's infield defense and also serves as the Griffs' first base coach.
Hennessy was the varsity high school softball coach at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, N.Y., from 2004-13. There, he took over a program that had one win in three seasons and turned the team around, posting a 137-75 record in his 10 years at the helm of the team. Immaculata earned a trip to the NYSIAS Finals in both 2005 and 2007 and the team finished tied for first in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in both 2009 and 2010. At the club level, the Gold Team for the New Era Diamond Girls program has posted several top-five finishes at national tournaments, most recently placing fifth at the 2013 U-18 Triple Crown Nationals.
Hennessy earned his associates degree from Hilbert College, where he played baseball and earned all-regional honors, and he also played college baseball at Brockport. He holds a bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst and a master's degree from Canisius.
He and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 25 years and they have three daughters, Meghan, Molly and Katelynn. He is currently the CFO for Superior Medical Consultants, located in Buffalo. His father, Ray Sr., coached baseball at Canisius for 13 years.