Invictus Athletics relies on volunteer coaches to oversee our athletes and programs. All of our coaching staff adhere to the Invictus Athletics Code of Conduct and Policy And Procedure Manual as written by our Board of Directors. Each coach is also registered with Athletics Ontario and the Minor Track Association and submits a bi-annual police background check as part of the registration process.
Head Coach / Head Hurdle Coach
Ray Riley is an NCCP Level 3 coach in hurdles and sprints and one of the founders of Invictus Athletics Club. Ray is also an IAAF Level 5 certified sprint and hurdle coach and holds his Certified Professional Coach (ChPC) designation.
In 2012, Ray was appointed NACAC Sprints/Hurdles coach for the Canadian team at the Under-23 Championships in Irapuato, Mexico. Ray coached four athletes at this event who went on to attend the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
In over 12 years of coaching, Ray's athletes have included over 25 Minor Track Association (MTA) champions, 50 Athletics Ontario champions, 47 OFSAA champions, and 33 Canadian national champions. Combined, Ray's athletes have been selected for 22 Ontario teams and 11 national teams. His athletes hold 20 records at various levels of track. Ray has had 6 senior athletes go on to compete for NCAA schools in the United States and over 15 CIS athletes competing for schools in Canada.
Ray attributes his athlete's success to his three mentors. Jim Wooley, who planted the love of track in Ray, and taught him patience as a coach. Brent Mcfarlane, who shared with Ray an abundance of knowledge about the sport of track and field. And finally, Gray Crossley, who helped Ray put all of these components together and taught him how to be a leader.
Ray's passion for coaching was fueled by Luc Vangrootel, as well as Ray's father-in-law Bill Hooks, whom he often sat with and listened to.