Former WSU coach Raveling to receive HOF lifetime achievement award

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 6:32 PM

Former Washington State University men’s basketball coach George Raveling was named the recipient of the 2013 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

The award is considered the most prestigious honor the Hall can bestow, outside of enshrinement. The award honors those who have made outstanding accomplishments to impact the game of basketball.

“George was a trailblazer in the college coaching profession, he took so much pride in educating his players not only about basketball, but also about life,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Hall of Fame board.

Raveling was an assistant for the Maryland Terrapins when they posted an undefeated season and a No. 1 national ranking in 1971.

In 1972, he moved to Pullman to coach the Cougars, back when the Pac-12 was still the Pac-8. In 11 seasons, he led the Cougs to a 167-136 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He also was the conference’s first African-American basketball coach.

Raveling would also coach at Iowa and USC, and he served as an assistant on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams.

Raveling retired in 1994 following a car crash that hospitalized him for several weeks with severe injuries. He became a color commentator for Fox Sports and CBS. He’s currently the Director of International Basketball for Nike.

Information compiled from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame website.

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