Rayford Petty
Playing career
1975–1976Chowan JC
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982–1987North Carolina A&T (DB)
1988Southern (DB)
1989Southern (LB)
1990–1991Forestville HS (MD)
1992–1999Howard (assistant)
2000–2001Norfolk State (DC/DB)
2007–2010Delaware State (DC)
2011–2012Howard (DC)
2013Howard (interim HC)
2014–?Howard (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall31–36 (college)

Rayford Tilman Petty is an American college football coach and former player. He served as head football coach at Howard University from 2002 to 2006, and again in an interim capacity in 2013, compiling an overall record of 31–36. His career also includes positions as an assistant coach at North Carolina A&T University, Southern University, Norfolk State University and Delaware State University. A graduate of Elon University, Petty played as a linebacker for the Phoenix during the late 1970s.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Howard Bison (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2002–2006)
2002 Howard 6–5 4–4 T–5th
2003 Howard 4–7 2–5 6th
2004 Howard 6–5 3–4 T–5th
2005 Howard 4–7 1–7 T–8th
2006 Howard 5–6 4–4 T–5th
Howard Bison (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) (2013)
2013 Howard [n 1] 6–6 4–4 T–5th
Howard: 31–36 18–28
Total: 31–36


  1. ^ Petty served as interim head coach after Gary Harrell took a personal leave of absence for the 2013 season.[1]


  1. ^ "Gary Harrell, Howard football coach, to miss 2013 season". The Washington Times. Associated Press. March 11, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.