LaTaya Hilliard-Gray
LaTaya Hilliard-Gray
Title: Head Softball Coach/Interim Volleyball Head CoachSWA
Phone: (336) 750-2598
Email: hilliardl@wssu.edu
Hometown: Wakefield, Va.
Alma Mater: Hampton (B.S.'00)
Fax: (336) 750-2144
Experience: 16th Year (334-325-2)

LaTaya Gray is entering her 16th full season as head coach of the Rams softball program. A native of Wakefield, Virginia, Coach Gray just completed her 15th full season as the head coach of the Rams' softball program. Under her guidance, the Rams softball program has made great strides as a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Gray also succeeds as the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), Deputy Title IX Liaison for Athletics and advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC); as she serves on the athletic department administrative team and assists with the administration and governance of the department of athletics.

She led the team to its first appearance in the NCAA Division II postseason as the team participated in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional tournament in 2011, with the Rams posting a 29-13 record with a 15-1 record in CIAA play. The Rams posted a perfect 10-0 record in the CIAA Southern Division to claim the division championship. For her efforts, she was named the 2011 CIAA Softball Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

Under her guidance, the Rams were one of the top teams in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) with a 22-11 record in 2004 and Gray was honored as the CIAA Softball Coach of the Year. She was also named CIAA Softball Coach of the Year in 2012 for the third time.  She guided her team back to back CIAA Championships in 2011 and 2012, and her team also won 30 games in the 2012 season, while going back to the NCAA Regionals. She also was honored by the NCAA as NCAA Division I (Independent) - 2010 Coach of the Year during the Division I transition.

Coach Gray came to Winston-Salem State University in August of 2000 after completing an internship at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) office under the supervision of current WSSU Associate Athletic Director. Coach Gray has been involved in competitive sports in some manner, be it playing or coaching, for over 20 years. She served as WSSU Assistant volleyball coach for three years (2000-2002) before being named head coach of the volleyball team where she coached four seasons. Prior to being named WSSU head softball coach, she served as the WSSU Assistant softball coach for two seasons (2001-2002).

In 2014, Katrina Bartlett and Monet Daly were named first team All-CIAA at shortstop and third base respectfully, while Yasmin Lee and Frencesca Edgerton were named to the All-CIAA second team. Mercedes Hargett, Chyna Riley and Allison Woodbury were named to the All-Rookie Team.

The WSSU Rams would use a 5-4 win over St. Augustine's to capture the CIAA Title and continue to play in the Atlantic Region Tourney of the NCAA's.

The Rams would suffer a 9-0 loss to California (PA) and a tough 10-5 loss to Bloomsburg (both team from the PSAC) to finally be eliminated from the NCAA's.

WSSU would again win the 2016 CIAA Title, riding the #2 seed all the way to the championship, where they slipped past #1 Chowan, 5-4 in the CIAA Championship game.

The Rams opened the 2016 tournament with an impressive 11-2 win over Virginia Union, before advancing to face Chowan, and they would advance past the Hawks iwht a 3-2 win. WSSU would then take on the Bulldogs of Bowie State, where they would defeat Bowie State and advance to the Championship game versus Chowan. WSSU would beat up on the Chowan Hawks, 5-4 to take the 2016 CIAA Title.

Destiny Snipes was named to the first team All-CIAA team in 2017, and she was also named to the first team Conference Commissioner’s Association Atlantic All-Region/District 2 team, as well as being named to the first team All-State team. Snipes had an incredible season ranked second in the CIAA in home runs with 13, and ranked fifth in runs batted in with 36. She also finished the season with a .352 batting average and 35 runs scored.

Joining Snipes on the All-CIAA team was third basemen, Rebecca Demco and Utility Player/Pitcher, Mercedes Hargett. Sydnee Brown was named the third catcher.

In the 2015-16 season, WSSU Softball once again won 30 games and captured the CIAA Tourney.

The Lady Rams opened the tournament with a 15-5 win over Virginia Union, as the Rams took the win behind a strong offensive performance as the team scored 15 runs on nine hits.

The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams (23-22) left it on the field when the team took a hard-fought 12-9 loss to the top-seeded Chowan Hawks (24-13), Saturday evening at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex. Playing in their third game of the day, the Lady Rams and the Hawks both put on an offensive showdown in the game which included three grand slam home runs and 21 total runs.

The Winston-Salem State Lady Rams turned to their offense to keep their season alive at the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament. The Lady Rams took the win behind a strong batting performance with 10 runs scored on 14 hits in the game.

Winston-Salem State Lady Rams turned on their defense to keep their season alive when they took a hard-fought 4-1 win over the Virginia Union Lady Panthers. With the win, the Lady Rams stay alive in the consolation bracket of the 2015 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Softball Championship Tournament. The Lady Rams played well on both sides of the ball to take home the victory and kept their season going.

Winston-Salem State third baseman Katrinia Bartlett added another honor to her resume, when she was named to the 2015  North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Softball Team. She was one of twenty-four student-athletes representing 15 different North Carolina universities and colleges to earn that honor.

The WSSU Lady Rams Sophomore pitcher Mercedes Hargett led the way for WSSU, when she was one of four Lady Rams to earn first team All-CIAA honors. She finished the regular season with 125 strikeouts to lead the CIAA while also tying for the conference lead with 10 home runs. She also tied for the most pitching wins with nine. Joining her on the first team was senior short stop Monet Daly, who took home first team All-CIAA honors for the third time during her career. Also making their first appearance on the All-CIAA team was sophomore first base Allison Woodbury and sophomore utility Chyna Riley. Woodbury carries on a family legacy on the all-conference team as her sister, former Lady Ram infielder Kayla Woodbury earned all-conference honors twice.

Also earned conference honors for the first time was sophomore infielder Danyelle Beamon, who was named to the 2015 All-CIAA second team.

During her tenure, the Rams have recorded 334 Division II wins, while she has a total of 318 win, including spending five seasons during a NCAA Division I tranisiton period. Under her guidance, theRams were one of the top teams in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) with a 22-11 record in 2004 and Gray was honored as the CIAA Softball Coach of the Year. She was also named CIAA Softball Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012.  She guided her team back to back CIAA Championships in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and her team also won 30 games in the 2012 season, while going back to the NCAA Regionals.

Coach Gray came to Winston-Salem State University in August of 2000 after completing an internship at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) office under the supervision of current WSSU Associate Athletic Director. Coach Gray has been involved in competitive sports in some manner, be it playing or coaching, for over 20 years. She served as WSSU Assistant volleyball coach for three years (2000-2002) before being named head coach of the volleyball team where she coached four seasons. Prior to being named WSSU head softball coach, she served as the WSSU Assistant softball coach for two seasons (2001-2002).

She is a graduated of Hampton, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management. She eanred her Masters of Science in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University, and is married to Mr. Lamont Gray. She and her husband reside in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Year-by-Year Records

2001-02

WSSU

21-8-2

.710

2002-03

WSSU

21-11

.656

2003-04

WSSU

22-11

.667

2004-05

WSSU

12-22

.353

2005-06

WSSU

19-18

.514

2006-07

WSSU

12-31

.279

2007-08

WSSU

20-29

.408

2008-09

WSSU

14-26

.350

2009-10

WSSU

9-27

.250

2010-11

WSSU

29-13

.690

2011-12

WSSU

30-19

.612

2012-13

WSSU

28-21

.571

2013-14

WSSU

28-13

.683

2014-15

WSSU

23-22

.511

2015-16

WSSU

30-23

.566

2016-17

WSSU

16-31

.340

Bold indicates NCAA Division I transition