Ray Meyer

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Ray Meyer
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1913-12-18)December 18, 1913
Chicago, Illinois
Died March 17, 2006(2006-03-17) (aged 92)
Playing career
1935–1938 Notre Dame
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942–1984 DePaul
Head coaching record
Overall 724–324 (.691)
Tournaments NCAA: 14-16 (.467)
NIT: 10-8 (.556)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2x NCAA Final Four (1943, 1979)
NIT Champion (1945)
Awards
2x AP Coach of the Year (1980, 1984)
2x Henry Iba Award (1978, 1980)
NABC Coach of the Year (1979)
2x UPI Coach of the Year (1980, 1984)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1979 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Raymond Joseph "Ray" Meyer (December 18, 1913 – March 17, 2006) was an American men's collegiate basketball coach from Chicago, Illinois. He was well known for coaching at DePaul University from 1942 to 1984, compiling a 724–354 record. Meyer coached DePaul to 21 post-season appearances (13 NCAA, eight NIT).

In total, Meyer recorded 37 winning seasons and twelve 20-win seasons, including seven straight from 1978 to 1984. Two Meyer-coached teams reached the Final Four (1943 and 1979), and in 1945, Meyer led DePaul past Bowling Green to capture the National Invitation Tournament, the school's only post-season title. Meyer coached a College All-Star team that played a coast-to-coast series against the Harlem Globetrotters for 11 years. One of his best players was George Mikan, who was a game-changing player and basketball's first great "big man". Meyer recruited Mikan from Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, a school Meyer had himself earlier attended.

Other top players coached by Meyer include former NBA players Mark Aguirre and Terry Cummings. During Meyer's tenure the basketball rivalry between DePaul and Loyola reached an extremely high level. Meyer's Great Great Nephew, Mike Starkman, played basketball for Loyola as a walk on. Meyer was a much-beloved figure in Chicago, and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was succeeded as DePaul coach by his son, Joey, who led the team for several more seasons, but less successfully than had his father.

Meyer also ran a summer basketball camp near Three Lakes[disambiguation needed] in northern Wisconsin for many years.

Coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Postseason
DePaul (Independent) (1942–1984)
1942–1943 DePaul 19–5 NCAA Final Four
1943–1944 DePaul 22–4 NIT Runner-Up
1944–1945 DePaul 21–3 NIT Champions
1945–1946 DePaul 19–5
1946–1947 DePaul 16–9
1947–1948 DePaul 22–8 NIT Semifinalist
1948–1949 DePaul 16–9
1949–1950 DePaul 12–13
1950–1951 DePaul 13–12
1951–1952 DePaul 19–8
1952–1953 DePaul 19–9 NCAA Second Round
1953–1954 DePaul 11–10
1954–1955 DePaul 16–6
1955–1956 DePaul 16–8 NCAA First Round
1956–1957 DePaul 8–14
1957–1958 DePaul 8–12
1958–1959 DePaul 13–11 NCAA Second Round
1959–1960 DePaul 17–7 NCAA Second Round
1960–1961 DePaul 17–8 NIT First Round
1961–1962 DePaul 13–10
1962–1963 DePaul 15–8 NIT First Round
1963–1964 DePaul 21–4 NIT First Round
1964–1965 DePaul 17–10 NCAA Second Round
1965–1966 DePaul 18–8 NIT First Round
1966–1967 DePaul 17–8
1967–1968 DePaul 13–12
1968–1969 DePaul 14–11
1969–1970 DePaul 12–13
1970–1971 DePaul 8–17
1971–1972 DePaul 12–11
1972–1973 DePaul 14–11
1973–1974 DePaul 16–9
1974–1975 DePaul 15–10
1975–1976 DePaul 20–9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1976–1977 DePaul 15–12
1977–1978 DePaul 27–3 NCAA Elite Eight
1978–1979 DePaul 26–6 NCAA Final Four
1979–1980 DePaul 26–2 NCAA Second Round
1980–1981 DePaul 27–2 NCAA Second Round
1981–1982 DePaul 26–2 NCAA Second Round
1982–1983 DePaul 21–12 NIT Runner-Up
1983–1984 DePaul 27–3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Total: 724–354

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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