The fingerprint George Raveling has left on the game of basketball spreads far and wide. From his playing days at Villanova, to coaching stints as far west as USC, to executive positions with Nike that sent him around the globe, Raveling has touched the game at every level. As a player, Raveling loved to mix it up under the boards and he regularly led his team in rebounding. As a coach, he brought that same toughness to teams at Washington State, USC, and the University of Iowa. In 1984 and again in 1988, he served as an assistant coach on the medal-winning Olympic teams coached by Bob Knight and John Thompson. He broke away from coaching in 1994, but stayed close to the game working as a broadcaster for Fox Sports and CBS. Soon another door opened for George, as Nike named him Director of Grassroots Basketball and later Director of International Basketball. Raveling’s work has taken him to key positions on the boards of the NABC, the NCAA, USA Basketball, and Nike, Inc.
BornJune 27, 1937 Washington, DC
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