Ray Freitas | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

Ray Freitas

Francis Raymond ‘Ray’ Freitas was born in Watsonville, Calif., in 1940 and resided in Oakland most of his life. He began his coaching career at St. Jarlath in 1974, where he coached basketball and baseball and would coach there until 1987. He was also president of the Oakland CYO at the time and would hold that post for over 20 years. In 1981, he became an assistant baseball coach at St. Joseph High School. He became head coach in 1984. During his time at SJND, Freitas coached MLB player Joe Nelson, former NBA Star Jason Kidd and a slew of other talented baseball players. All of his players were important to him, no matter their skill level; he loved coaching and mentoring them. Coach Freitas passed away December 16, 2003 and is survived by his mom Gladys; brother David; wife Sandy; sons Ron, Gary and Rick; and grandchildren Sophie (SJND Class of 2018), Isabella (SJND Class of 2021), Kevin, Lauren, and Francis. His number still hangs on the right field wall at all Pilot home games.