Ray Malavasi was an football coach who served as head coach of two National Football League teams: the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams.
A native of Passaic, New Jersey, Malavasi entered the U.S. Military Academy, starting at offensive guard for the Black Knight football team. Under head coach Earl Blaik and line coach Vince Lombardi, Malavasi played two years, with Blaik rating him as the greatest line prospect during his tenure at the Academy. That potential disappeared when Malavasi was one of 90 cadets who left in the wake of a cheating scandal in August 1951.
Malavasi left to attend Mississippi State University, earning a degree in engineering while serving as an assistant under head coach Murray Warmath in 1952 and also receiving an Army ROTC commission. In 1953, he tried out and was released by the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, then served as line coach with the Fort Belvoir army unit for two years beginning in 1954.
Upon his release in 1956, Malavasi accepted an assistant's role with the University of Minnesota, spending two seasons with the Golden Gophers until taking a similar position with Memphis State University in 1958. Three years in Tennessee led to a single year with the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in 1961, followed by his first professional position the following year: personnel director of the American Football League's Denver Broncos.