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Longtime NVJCYO coach dies

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Greg Rayman, a parishioner of St. Michael Church in Annandale and longtime coach and president of the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization, died Aug. 19.

Rayman was born Jan. 15, 1948, in Washington. He attended Holy Comforter Catholic School in Washington. In second grade, he entered Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria. In 1966, he graduated from Gonzaga Catholic High School in Washington and went to the University of Dayton in Ohio for 2½ years. In 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years and was based in Panama and the Philippines. After he was discharged from active duty, he went into the U.S. Naval Reserves from 1973 to 1975. While in the reserves, he worked part time for the supermarket Giant Food while finishing his degree in accounting at American University in Washington. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 27 years as a management analyst and retired in 2004. After retirement, he worked at St. Michael’s parish office from 2004 to 2006.

Before retiring, Rayman moved to Annandale and became a member of St. Michael. He started coaching girls basketball in 1984 and continued for the next 30 years. He became St. Michael’s parish representative for the NVJCYO and was the president for the organization for 20 years. He was commissioner for various levels of girls teams and coached track and softball . In 1991, he was awarded the NVJCYO President’s Award for outstanding sports achievement, sportsmanship and management of the program. In 2004 and 2009, he received the St. Michael Distinguished Service Award for years of service to the sports program. In 2008, the Arlington diocese presented him with the More Award for a lifetime of commitment to young people.

He is survived by his sisters Kathy Sexton and Terry DeVito, and by his brother-in-law Fred DeVito.

Rayman’s funeral Mass will be offered at St. Michael Church, Aug. 25, at 10:30 a.m

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