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John T. "Jack" Ramsay

Enshrined 1992
Philadelphia, PA
Born: February 21, 1925

Biography

A quiet leader, Jack Ramsay inspired greatness in his teams. A teacher, motivator, and true basketball aficionado, Ramsay created a lasting legacy at the collegiate and professional level. His preparation for games was impeccable and attention to detail extraordinary. A Jack Ramsay-coached team was always seasoned and well drilled, exceedingly ready for the task ahead. Few could predict that when Ramsay began his coaching career at two Philadelphia area high schools in 1949 that he would lead St. Joseph's College to ten postseason appearances and retire with the second most wins in NBA history. Ramsay coached four NBA teams, turning the expansion of the Buffalo Braves into one of the NBA's most exciting teams and rejuvenating the dormant Portland Trail Blazers. Also the general manager of 1967 Philadelphia 76ers, Ramsay's two coaching books, Pressure Basketball and The Coach's Art, are basketball classics.

Career Highlights

NCAA Final Four at St. Joseph's College, 1965
NBA championship with Portland Trail Blazers, 1977
Let Portland to playoffs nine times in ten seasons
Retired as the NBA's second winningest coach