George Raveling

Career Record:
  • 1972–1983
  • 1983–1986
  • 1986–1994
  • Washington State
  • Iowa
  • USC
  • 167-136
  • 54-38
  • 115-118

George Raveling is Nike's Director of International Basketball. He is a former college men's basketball coach and FOX Sports Net color commentator. He was the head coach at Washington State University (1972–1983), the University of Iowa (1983–1986), and the University of Southern California (1987–1994). The Washington, D.C. native attended St. Michael's High School in Hoban Heights, Pennsylvania, and was an assistant coach at his alma mater Villanova, and at Maryland. In 2013, he received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

George Raveling guided the Washington State men's basketball team from 1972-1983 with two NCAA tournament appearances during his 11 years and is one of the most winningest coaches in Washington State University. He won the UPI Pac-8 Coach of the Year winner in 1976, and was the league's coach of the year winner in 1983. Coach Raveling was honored by WSU with his induction into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor.

In 1983 He replaced Lute Olsen ad Head Coach at the University of Iowa. He guided the Hawkeyes to back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament berths in 1985 and 1986. In 1984. In '84 he also served as assistant coach on the USA Olympic team.

In 1986, he returned to the Pac-10 as head coach for the University of Southern California (USC). During Raveling's career at USC, the Trojans advanced to the NCAA tournament in 1991 and 1992 and competed in the NIT in 1993 and 1994. George Raveling retired as head basketball coach at USC following a serious car accident 1994.

6 teams in NCAA Tournament
1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992


2 teams in National Invitation Tournament
1993, 1994

Pac-10 Coach of the Year (1983)


John Bunn Award (2013)

Raveling owns the original typewritten "I have a dream speech" by Dr. Martin Luther King. Following the famous speach, Dr King handed it to Raveling who was on the podium.


George Raveling's Coaching for success website provides a lot of information fromcoaching advice to his favorite wines.


Raveling has written two books, the first of which he published when he was an assistant coach at Maryland: War on the Boards and A Rebounder’s Workshop.

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