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George Raveling

September 05, 2018

George Raveling

Former Global Basketball Sports Marketing Director, Nike & Member, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 

George H. Raveling is a pioneer in transcending the intersections of sports,culture, race and business. At 80 years of age, George has a multitude of incredible life experiences and counts some of the most successful and brilliant people in the world amongst his closest friends. He remains an avid reader and passionate life learner who commits every day to inspiring and empowering others to uncover the outer depths of who they are.


Referred to by many as “Coach”, George is Nike’s former Director of International Basketball. He is a husband, a father, a friend, and a mentor to many. In 1960, Raveling graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a fruitful collegiate basketball playing career in the record books. In 1964, George would return to basketball as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He would go on to become a world-class educator and coach with head coaching jobs at Washington State, the University of Iowa and USC. Following a

prolific basketball coaching career, he would spend brief stints as a colorcommentator for Fox Sports and CBS, before being presented with an opportunity of a lifetime to join Nike, Inc.


  • Possesses original copy of Dr. King's “I Have A Dream” speech

  • First African-American head basketball coach in the PAC-8 (now PAC-12)

  • Integral part of Michael Jordan signing with Nike

  • Traveled to 6 of 7 continents

  • Referenced by many as the “Human Google”

  • Reads at least 4 books a month; has given away thousands

  • Spoke before Congress

  • Created the Coaching For Success platform to inspire innovation and the journey towards life-long learning


  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Sports Business Journal: Class of Champions

  • John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award

  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame