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Centennial coach Mayravitz, 67, dies


Ray Mayravitz, a veteran coach and teacher, died suddenly at home last night. He was 67.

Mayravitz spent most of his career teaching physical education at Northwestern High in Baltimore City before retiring eight years ago. He then began coaching the girls' varsity soccer team at Centennial High in Howard County, where he guided the Eagles to the state Class 2A championship in 1988. He was The Evening Sun Coach of the Year that season.

Mayravitz apparently died of a blood clot in his leg, according to Jim Welsch, director of athletics at Centennial. He had fallen at home two weeks ago and suffered a broken kneecap and torn muscles in his leg.

"I spoke with Ray just yesterday," said Welsch. "He was home in bed. The hard cast was off and he was wearing a soft cast. He said everything was just fine. I even had some of the girls call him, to talk with him on the telephone.

"Ray did a super job with our girls. He was a father figure to them. You couldn't help liking him. He was very responsible, the kind of guy that was always there to help when you needed something done. He would get on his athletes' case, sometimes unmercilessly, but they all loved him. He was constantly on them to do things the right way, the way he taught them to do them in practice."

Services will be held Sunday (10 a.m.) at the funeral home of Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

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