Raymond Philyaw enters his fourth season as offensive coordinator in the Arena Football League (New Orleans Voodoo, 2011) (San Antonio Talons 2013-2014). Prior to becoming a coach in the league, Philyaw began his Arena Football League career with the Albany Firebirds in 2000. He became the starter for the Indiana Firebirds when the team relocated to Indianapolis, IN. In 2001, He led his team to the Conference finals against the Grand Rapids Rampage losing a shootout that still remains as one of the highest scoring games in AFL history. He went on to play three seasons with the Firebirds (2001, 2002, 2003) before signing as a free agent with the Chicago Rush where he led his team to back to back Central Division Champs. With the Chicago Rush (2004, 2005) Philyaw became a household name and was rank among the best Quarterbacks in the league after leading his team to the Conference championship game in 2004 and 2005. In 2006, Philyaw signed with the Kansas City Brigade for a season and a half and led his team to the playoffs in 2007 only to lose to the Colorado Crush in the first round. In 2008, after signing a free agent contract with the Cleveland Gladiators, Philyaw led the Gladiators to the National Conference finals. The Gladiators lost the game to the champion Philadelphia Soul. Before retiring in 2010, Philyaw played for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings and suffered a career ending knee injury that ended his stellar playing career. Philyaw as a player, left a 10 year legacy in the AFL serving the league as one of the best all-time quarterbacks.
He completed his playing career with impressive numbers with over 26,000 passing yards with a 65.6% completion percentage, 507 touchdowns with only 59 interceptions which is still known as the best TD-INT ratio in league history. Prior to playing in the AFL, Philyaw played for the Winnipeg Bluebombers in the Canadian Football League and the Madison Mad Dogs in the Indoor Football League. Philyaw attended University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he started as a sophomore through senior season for the Warhawks. At the completion of his career in 1996, Philyaw’s 52 career touchdown passes stood as a school record. In 2009, Philyaw was inducted into ULM Athletics Hall of Fame. Philyaw played high school football, basketball, baseball and ran track at Southwood High in Shreveport, La. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Christine and their son Lincoln.