Jim Gray enters his sixth season since joining Ben Noonan's staff in 2013, and has served as the defensive coordinator for the Wolverines since 2016. The Sierra College defense employs a 4-2-5 pressure style package, utilizing multiple blitzing schemes. Coach Gray mentors the safeties, who are commonly referred to as the "Quarterbacks" of the defense. Under his guidance, the Wolverine defense has seen many of its members move on and receive scholarships to the four-year level.
He became part of the Sierra College program after 28 years of football coaching experience at multiple levels.
Gray played football, track, basketball and baseball at Douglas High School in Rapid City, SD. After graduating in 1980, he played for four years at South Dakota St. and, in 1985, tried out for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the USFL’s Arizona Wranglers. A Supervising Probation Officer for Sacramento County (1986-present), Gray has coached at Yuba College (1986-87), Del Campo HS (1987-90), Bella Vista HS (1990-95), the Placer HS Jr. Hillmen (1997-2006), and Placer HS (2006-13).
Jim and Juli live in Auburn with children Michael, Conor, Ryan, Collin, Parker and Alex.