Ray Johnson played baseball at Kaskaskia College from 1970-1972 with a batting average of .327 with thirteen doubles, six triples, eleven home runs and sixty-seven RBIs. He was All Conference both years he played at Kaskaskia College and was named to the Region 24 All-Star Team.
After Kaskaskia, he went on to Eastern Illinois University and had a .328 batting average in his senior year with 2 home runs and ten RBIs and led his team to a 2nd place finish in the NCAA Division 2 tournament. After graduation, he became a teacher at Unity High School in Tolono, Illinois teaching business classes, was coordinator for the Co-Op Work Program, and coached baseball. He then went on to the Mahomet-Seymour School District where he taught high consumer economics, coordinated the work study program, and coached the golf and wrestling teams.
Ray left teaching in 1986 but continued his involvement with the schools and the youth of Illinois with a career at Hayden’s Sport Center and as an independent businessman providing quality sporting equipment and graduation regalia.