Ray Lopes joined the University of Idaho men's basketball program as an assistant coach in 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2009.

At Idaho, Lopes has helped lead the team to 69 victories over four seasons, three top-three WAC finishes and three postseason appearances in four seasons. During that span, Idaho has also earned two of the team’s three all-time postseason victories.

In the last four seasons, Idaho has been among the WAC’s most efficient teams, both offensively and defensively. The Vandals have shot at a .500 or better clip in 47 games and have led the WAC in 3-point field goal percentage each of the last two seasons. On the defensive end, the Vandals have held their opponents below 70 points 76 times, with a 55-21 record in such games. Idaho has also held opponents below 40 percent shooting 36 times with a 32-4 record in those contests.

Lopes' résumé shows success at multiple levels of coaching and includes a Western Athletic Conference regular-season title with Fresno State in 2003 and an NBA D League Championship with the Idaho Stampede during the 2007-08 season.

Lopes spent two years as associate head coach of the Idaho Stampede at Boise. The team finished 36-14 on its way to the 2007-08 NBA D League Championship. During the 2006-07 season, the Stampede tied for the best record in the league at 33-17.

Lopes spent the season prior as a personnel scout for the San Antonio Spurs. Prior to his NBA experience, he was head coach at Fresno State University, compiling a cumulative 50-37 record over three seasons. He was WAC Coach of the Year and CBS Sportsline Rookie Coach of the Year in 2003.

Prior to his stint at Fresno, Lopes spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma under then-coach Kelvin Sampson. He helped the Sooners to eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, plus a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1999 and the 2002 Final Four. While at Oklahoma, the Sooners won at least 20 games five seasons in a row, averaging 26 wins per year, including a 31-5 record in 2001-02. The Sooners had a 187-74 record while Lopes was an assistant coach and won the 2001 and 2002 Big 12 Tournament title. Oklahoma was no worse than a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament over his last three years.

Lopes also served as an assistant coach under Sampson for one season at Washington State, where he helped the Cougars to a 20-11 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He joined the Washington State staff after a four-year stint as an assistant at UC Santa Barbara from 1989-93 under head coach Jerry Pimm. The Gauchos posted a 73-44 record and advanced to three postseason tournaments. In 1990, UC Santa Barbara advanced to the second round of the NCAA Southeast Regional before losing to the Steve Smith-led Michigan State Spartans. That year, the Gauchos knocked off Jerry Tarkanian's great UNLV team that won 34 consecutive games and the NCAA title.

Lopes and his wife, Pierrette, have two daughters, Alaina and Teylor, and a son, Trey.
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