Hall of Fame high school coach Ray Buss dies at the age of 92

Ray Buss, who won more than 500 games as the Fleetwood (Pa.) High School boys coach, died at the age of 92 on Jan. 13 at his home in Fleetwood.

Buss was an All-American at Penn State in 1951 and part of Nittany Lions teams that shared the 1950 Soccer Bowl title with San Francisco and beat Purdue in the 1951 Soccer Bowl. He also played baseball for Penn State and spent six seasons in the Red Sox organization.

Pennsylvania was one of the first states where high school soccer flourished in the 1960s and 1970s. Buss compiled a 28-year record of 512-99-48. He was 476-83-42 at Fleetwood High School (1984-90) and helped it win two state championships, nine district championships and 14 county titles. In 1980, Fleetwood went 32-0-0 and scored 179 goals.

Nine Fleetwood All-Americans played for Buss. They included Troy Snyder, who was a freshman on the 1980 team and set a then-national high school record with 208 goals. He later earned five caps for the U.S. national team.

Buss, who was inducted into the NSCAA (now United Soccer Coaches) Hall of Fame in 1997, is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Becki McCullough (Wayne), and Bonni Whitman (J.W.); sons, Barry (Kara) and Brent (Katie); and sisters, Delphine Hamershock (Bill Wesner) and Janie Saine (Carl, deceased).
2 comments about "Hall of Fame high school coach Ray Buss dies at the age of 92".
  1. Mike Lynch, January 19, 2021 at 8:16 a.m.

    RIP Ray Buss! Thoughts and prayers out to Betty and the entire Buss family. The pipeline of great players and TEAMs from Fleetwood is testimony to his leadership of caring for and about his players. 

  2. Richard Groff, January 19, 2021 at 1:02 p.m.

    Ray Buss was a brilliant player, great coach and leader for our sport in Pennsylvania. So many hours spent together watching our sons play the sport we loved.
     my deepest sympathies to Betty and the family.

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