George Raveling

George Raveling (born June 27, 1937)

Teams coached: Washington State Cougars, Iowa Hawkeyes, USC Trojans
Washington State record: 167-136 (.551)
Iowa record: 54-38 (.587)
USC record: 115-118 (.494)
Overall record: 336-292 (.535)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  6  (1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1993, 1994)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1994 USC
1983-1986 Iowa
1972-1983 Washington State
1969-1972 Maryland (asst)
1963-1969 Villanova (asst)

George Raveling Facts

  • George Henry Raveling
  • Born June 27, 1937
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • Alma Mater: Villanova University (BS, 1960)
  • Grew up in DC and later attended St. Michael’s Catholic boarding school in Hoban Heights, PA
  • Played at Villanova under head coach Alex Severance; selected as team captain for his senior year 1959-60
    • Volunteered to provide security for Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 as the civil rights leader gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to an audience of over 250,000 people at the March on Washington
      • King gave Raveling the original typewritten pages of the speech that day, which Raveling still owns to this day
  • Started his coaching career at Villanova in 1963, spending six seasons as one of Jack Kraft‘s assistants there
  • Became the first African-American coach in the ACC in 1969 when he became one of Lefty Driesell‘s assistants at Maryland, a role he stayed in for three seasons
  • First head coaching job came in 1972 when Raveling was hired at Washington State
    • Won 167 games in eleven seasons in Pullman, leading the Cougars to two NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Spent three years as the head coach at Iowa, finishing 55-38 overall with two NCAA berths
  • Final head coaching role was an eight-year stint at USC, during which he led the Trojans to four straight postseason appearances (two NCAA, two NIT)
    • Twice served as an assistant with Team USA Basketball; first under Bob Knight in 1984 (gold medal in Los Angeles) and then under John Thompson in 1988 (bronze medal in Seoul)
    • Raveling was involved in a two-car collision on September 25, 1994, leaving him with serious injuries and what would be a lengthy recovery period
    • On November 15 of that year, Raveling retired as head coach at USC
  • Since leaving coaching, Raveling has been a long-time Nike employee and authored two books on rebounding
    • Raveling has served as Director of Grass Roots Basketball and Director of Global Basketball at Nike and is currently the company’s Director of International Basketball
  • Honored with the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, recognizing his lifetime of contributions to basketball
    • Inducted into the College Basketball HOF the same year and the Naismith HOF two years later (as a contributor)

George Raveling Coaching Tree

  • Mike Dunlap (Loyola Marymount, Charlotte Bobcats, Metro State, Cal Lutheran)
  • Kevin Gamble (Illinois-Springfield)
  • Brad Greenberg (Radford, numerous international teams)
  • Brian Hammel (Northern Illinois)
  • Paul Hewitt (Ontario Clippers, George Mason, Georgia Tech, Siena)
  • Dean Keener (James Madison)
  • Len Stevens (Nevada, Washington State)