Ray McCallum

Ray McCallum (born March 6, 1961)

Current position: Associate head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Tulane Green Wave (Head coach: Ron Hunter)
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Teams coached: Ball State Cardinals, Houston Cougars, Detroit Mercy Titans
Ball State record: 126-76 (.624)
Houston record: 44-73 (.376)
Detroit record: 130-132 (.496)
Overall record: 300-281 (.516)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2019-present Tulane (assoc. HC)
2016-2019 Georgia State (assoc. HC)
2008-2016 Detroit Mercy
2006-2008 Indiana (asst)
2004-2006 Oklahoma State (asst)
2000-2004 Houston
1993-2000 Ball State
1993 Michigan (asst)
1984-1993 Wisconsin (asst)
1983-1984 Ball State (asst)

Ray McCallum Facts

  • Ray Michael McCallum, Sr.
  • Born March 6, 1961
  • Hometown: West Memphis, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: Ball State University (BS, 1983)
  • Played four seasons for the Ball State Cardinals, three for head coach Steve Yoder and one for Al Brown
    • Standing just 5’9″ tall, McCallum won the 1983 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
    • Was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1983 NBA Draft but did not play any games in the league
  • Started his coaching career at Ball State as an assistant to Al Brown, his coach as a senior
  • Served as an assistant under Yoder at Wisconsin for eight seasons, then under Stu Jackson for one more
  • First head coaching job came in 1993 when McCallum took over the Ball State program
    • Led the Cardinals to two NCAA Tournaments and one NIT in seven seasons
  • Took the same position at Houston in 2000, going 44-73 overall in four seasons (with one NIT)
  • Was an assistant under Kelvin Sampson for four years – two each at Oklahoma and Indiana – before becoming a head coach again
  • Led the Detroit Mercy Titans to the postseason twice – one NCAA and one NIT – in eight years as head coach
    • Was fired in April 2016 following three straight sub-.500 seasons
  • Became the associate head coach at Georgia State in July of the same year, joining Ron Hunter‘s staff
    • Followed Hunter to Tulane in 2019, again as associate head coach
  • Along with his wife, Wendy, has one daughter and one son
    • His son, Ray Jr., played at Detroit Mercy and in the NBA, getting drafted 36th overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2013

Ray McCallum Coaching Tree