Ray Giacoletti

Ray Giacoletti (born April 14, 1962)

Teams coached: North Dakota State Bison, Eastern Washington Eagles, Utah Utes, Drake Bulldogs
North Dakota State record^: 48-33 (.593)
Eastern Washington record: 69-50 (.580)
Utah record: 54-40 (.574)
Drake record: 32-69 (.317)
Overall record^: 203-192 (.514)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-2022 Saint Louis (asst)
2019-2020 Saint Louis (asst. to the HC)
2013-2016 Drake
2007-2013 Gonzaga (asst)
2004-2007 Utah
2000-2004 Eastern Washington
1997-2000 North Dakota State
1994-1997 Washington (asst)
1990-1993 Illinois State (asst)
1986-1987 Oral Roberts (asst)
1985-1986 Western Illinois (grad asst)
1984-1985 Minot State (student asst)

Ray Giacoletti Facts

  • Raymond Brian Giacoletti
  • Born April 14, 1962
  • Hometown: Peoria, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Minot State University (BA, 1985)
  • Started coaching as an undergrad, spending the 1984-85 season as a student assistant at Minot State
  • Was a graduate assistant at Western Illinois for one season under head coach Jack Margenthaler
  • Became a full-time assistant in 1986, spending one year under Ted Owens at Oral Roberts
    • Worked for two years as an assistant coach with the Fresno Flames of the professional World Basketball League (WBL)
  • Spent six seasons as an assistant under head coach Bob Bender – three at Illinois State and three at Washington
  • Was head coach for three seasons at North Dakota State while the program was at the Division II level, going 48-33 overall
  • Joined the Division I head coaching ranks in 2000, leading the Eastern Washington program for four seasons
    • Reached the NIT in 2003 and NCAA Tournament in 2004
  • Took over at Utah in 2004, leading the Utes to a MWC title and Sweet Sixteen appearance in his first season there
  • Between head coaching positions, spent six seasons on Mark Few‘s staff at Gonzaga
  • Was the head coach at Drake from 2013 to December 2016, when he resigned eight games into the 2016-17 with a .317 winning percentage at the school
  • Hired in October 2019 to be a special assistant to Travis Ford at Saint Louis
    • Announced his retirement in June 2022 after 38 three seasons at SLU and 38 seasons overall in coaching
  • Married to the former Kim Lankford

Ray Giacoletti Coaching Tree

  • Mike Burns (Pacific, Eastern Washington)
  • Matt Grahn (Dallas)
  • Randy Rahe (Weber State)
  • Bill Walker (Missouri S&T, Illinois-Springfield)
  • Marty Wilson (Pepperdine)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels