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George Raveling

Title Head coach
College University of Southern California
Sport Basketball
Born June 27, 1936 (1936-06-27) (age 73)
Place of birth United States Washington, DC
Career highlights
6 teams in NCAA Tournament 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992
2 teams in National Inventational Tournament 1993, 1994
Pac-10 Coach of the Year -- 1983
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Villanova University(asst)
University of Maryland(asst)
Washington State University
University of Iowa
University of Southern California

George Raveling (born June 27, 1937) 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.

On August 28, 1963, as Dr. Martin Luther King waved goodbye to an audience of over 200,000 "March on Washington" participants, he handed Raveling the original typewritten "I Have a Dream" speech.

Raveling guided the Washington State men's basketball team from 1972-1983 with two NCAA tournament appearances during his 11 years. The first appearance was in 1980 and marked the first time WSU was included in the NCAA bracket since finishing second in 1941. Three years later Raveling returned WSU to the NCAA tournament. Raveling was one of the winningest coaches in Washington State basketball history, finishing his WSU career with 167 wins, 136 losses, and seven winning seasons, including five straight from the 1975-76 campaign through the 1980 season.

While at Washington State, Raveling was an assistant coach for the USA team at the 1979 Pan American Games and the West Regional coach at the 1979 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival. He also was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1980.

Among his outstanding players were James Donaldson, Craig Ehlo, Don Collins, Bryan Rison and Steve Harriel, who all earned All-Pacific-10 Conference first team honors. Donaldson went on to play in the NBA for 14 years and was on the 1988 NBA All-star team. Collins went on to play in both the NBA and CBA after setting the WSU record for career steels and finishing third in scoring. Ehlo was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He played 14 NBA seasons with four teams, amassing respectable career totals of 7,492 points, 2,456 assists and 3,139 rebounds.

Raveling was 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.

Raveling replaced Lute Olson as head coach at the University of Iowa in 1983, guiding the Hawkeyes to back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA tournament berths in 1985 and 1986. In 1984, he served as the assistant coach for the USA Olympic men's basketball team. Bob Knight served as the head coach, and Steve Alford and Michael Jordan were guards on that team. Shooting 63.9 percent from the floor, the US team captured the ninth Olympic title with a convincing 96-65 victory over Spain in the gold medal game. During his 4-year tenure at Iowa, Raveling is probably best known for his recruits and outstanding players, including B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Gamble, Ed Horton, Brad Lohaus, Roy Marble and Greg Stokes, all of whom went on to play in the NBA.

In 1986, he returned to the Pac-10 conference as head coach for the University of Southern California. 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.

On the morning of September 25, 1994 his Jeep was blindsided in a two-car collision. He was seriously injured suffering nine broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and clavicle and a collapsed lung. He was in intensive care due to bleeding in his chest cavity for two weeks. Citing the automobile accident and planned lengthly rehabilitation, he retired as head coach of USC at the age of 57 on November 19.

Raveling has worked for Nike since his retirement from USC, and has authored two books on rebounding drills, War on the Boards and A Rebounder's Workshop. He has served as a color commentator for CBS Sports and FOX Sports Net, often drawing assignments for Pac-10 conference games.

Head Coaching Record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Washington State (Pac10) (1972–1983)
1972-73 Washington State 6-20 2-12 8th
1973-74 Washington State 8-21 3-11 T7th
1974-75 Washington State 10-16 1-13 8th
1975-76 Washington State 19-7 9-5 4th
1976-77 Washington State 19-8 8-6 T3rd
1977-78 Washington State 16-11 7-7 T3rd
1978-79 Washington State 18-9 10-8 T4th
1979-80 Washington State 22-6 14-4 3rd NCAA 1st Round
1980-81 Washington State 10-17 3-15 10th
1981-82 Washington State 16-14 10-8 5th
1982-83 Washington State 23-7 14-4 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
Washington State: 167-136 76-66
Iowa Hawkeyes (Big 10) (1984-85–1986-87)
1983-84 Iowa 13-15 6-12 T7th
1984-85 Iowa 21-11 10-8 5th NCAA 1st Round
1985-86 Iowa 20-12 10-8 6th NCAA 1st Round
Iowa: 55-38 26-28
USC Trojans (Pac10) (1987–1994)
1987-88 USC 7-21 5-13 8th
1988-89 USC 10-22 2-16 10th
1989-90 USC 12-16 6-12 7th
1990-91 USC 19-10 10-8 4th NCAA 1st Round
1991-92 USC 24-6 15-3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
1992-93 USC 18-12 9-9 5th NIT Quarterfinals
1993-94 USC 16-12 9-9 7th NIT 1st Round
USC: 106-105 56-70
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      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Greenwood
WSU men's basketball coach
Succeeded by
Len Stevens
Preceded by
Lute Olson
Iowa men's basketball coach
Succeeded by
Tom Davis
Preceded by
Stan Morrison
USC men's basketball coach
Succeeded by
Charlie Parker


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