Raymond Philyaw

Raymond 'Ray' Philyaw (born July 30, 1974) is a former arena football quarterback who was most recently the offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League (AFL). He also played for the Cleveland Gladiators Chicago Rush, Kansas City Brigade, Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings and the Albany/Indiana Firebirds, leading the former to the American Conference championship game in 2004 and 2005. Prior to his Arena Football career, he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and the Madison Mad Dogs of the Indoor Football League. After leaving to coach with the New Orleans VooDoo in 2011, he attempted a return as a player in 2012 with the San Jose SaberCats, but later became OC for the San Antonio Talons. He holds the record for the highest career TD-to-INT ratio in AFL history and threw a school record 52 TDs while attending Northeast Louisiana.

Raymond Philyaw
Personal information
Born: (1974-07-30) July 30, 1974 (age 46)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Caddo Parish (LA) Southwood
College:Northeast Louisiana
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
  • ULM Hall of Fame Inductee (2009)
Career Arena statistics
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Early lifeEdit

Philyaw attended Southwood High School in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. While there, he participated in football, basketball and track & field, winning a district championship his senior year in both football and basketball.[1]

College careerEdit

Philyaw attended Northeast Louisiana University, where he continued his football career. Philyaw started his sophomore through senior seasons for the Indians. At the completion of his career in 1996, Philyaw's 52 career touchdown passes stood as a school record until Steven Jyles broke his record in 2005.[2] In 2009, Philyaw was inducted into the ULM Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]


Philyaw's college stats at the completion of the 1996 season. Source:[4]

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Northeast Louisiana Indians
Year Team Passing Rushing Receiving
Comp Att Pct Yds TD INT Rating Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
1993 Northeast Louisiana -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994 Northeast Louisiana 131 243 53.9 1,893 13 7 131.2 64 95 2 1 25 0
1995 Northeast Louisiana 167 320 52.2 2,627 22 7 139.5 49 -43 0 0 0 0
1996 Northeast Louisiana 173 351 49.3 2,445 16 8 118.3 68 -86 3 0 0 0
Totals 471 914 51.5 6,965 52 22 129.1 181 -34 5 1 25 0

Professional careerEdit

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

Madison Mad DogsEdit

Shreveport KnightsEdit

Philyaw was backup quarterback for the Shreveport Knights of the short-lived Regional Football League in 1999.[5]

Albany/Indiana FirebirdsEdit

Chicago RushEdit

With the Chicago Rush in 2004, Philyaw lead the Rush to the conference semi-finals, but when he suffered an ACL injury, the Rush lost momentum and fell to the San Jose SaberCats.[6]

Kansas City BrigadeEdit

In 2006, Philyaw signed with expansion Kansas City Brigade, after the Brigade released veteran Andy Kelly.[7]

Cleveland GladiatorsEdit

In 2008, Philyaw lead the Cleveland Gladiators to the National Conference finals.[8] The Gladiators lost the game 35–70 to the champion Philadelphia Soul.

Bossier-Shreveport Battle WingsEdit

San Jose SaberCatsEdit

In 2012, Philyaw attempted a comeback with the San Jose SaberCats, but never made the roster.[9]

Coaching careerEdit

New Orleans VooDooEdit

In 2011, Philyaw was hired by the New Orleans VooDoo as the team's offensive coordinator.[10]

San Antonio TalonsEdit

In 2013, Philyaw as hired as the San Antonio Talons' offensive coordinator. Philyaw dealt with injuries during the year, starting five different quarterbacks in the first seven weeks of the season.[11] The Talons did not find an ownership group for the 2015 season, and the franchise was placed on suspension, leaving Philyaw jobless.


  1. ^ "AFL Q&A: Raymond Philyaw". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. February 19, 2004. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "ULM Warhawks football records" (PDF). www.ulmathletics.com. ULM. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductee Raymond Philyaw – One of ULM's Great Quarterbacks". www.ulmwarhawks.com. ULM Athletics. April 20, 2009. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Raymond Philyaw Statistics". www.sports-reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  5. ^ McCloskey, John (May 17, 1999). "Philyaw, Knights struggle early but finish strong". The Times. Shreveport, Louisiana. p. 15. Retrieved January 24, 2019 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Dave Payne (June 13, 2004). "QB injury seals Rush's fate". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Brigade Signs AFL Veteran QB Raymond Philyaw". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 6, 2006. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Former ULM Quarterback Raymond Philyaw Leads Cleveland Gladiators into AFL Conference Title Game". www.ulmwarhawks.com. University of Louisiana-Monroe. July 11, 2008. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Eric R. Ivie (February 22, 2012). "Raymond Philyaw Returns to Arena Football with SaberCats: Fan Take". Yahoo!. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  10. ^ "New Orleans VooDoo hires Raymond Philyaw as offensive coordinator". www.nola.com. NOLA Media Group. March 31, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Richard Oliver (May 11, 2013). "Talons' Hill ready to tough out injury". www.expressnews.com. San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved May 19, 2013.

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