January 7, 1918|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||January 12, 1995
Costa Mesa, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Porterville HS (CA)
|Head coaching record|
Raymond Edward "Ray" George (January 7, 1918 – January 12, 1995) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC) and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. George was the head football coach at Texas A&M University from 1951 to 1953, compiling a record of 12–14–4. He also served three stints as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, USC.
George played college football at the University of Southern California as a tackle under Hall of Fame coach Howard Jones from 1936 to 1938. His senior season was successful, as the Trojans upset both top-ranked rival Notre Dame, 13–0, and previously unbeaten and unscored-upon Duke, 7–3, in the 1939 Rose Bowl.
In 1939, George was the second USC player ever drafted by an NFL team; he taken by the Detroit Lions as the 87th pick. He played two years of professional football, in 1939 with the Lions and in 1940 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
After playing football he returned to California and became a coach at Porterville High School in Porterville, California before joining the military in 1942 and ultimately reaching the rank of lieutenant. He returned from the service to USC where he acted as a line coach from 1946 to 1950.
George was the 17th head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. He was head coach from 1951 until the completion of the 1953 season. His teams produced a total record of 12 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties. Among his wins were victories over Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma Sooners, Henry Russell Sanders' UCLA Bruins and Bear Bryant's Kentucky Wildcats. Bryant succeeded George at Texas A&M.
Return to USC
After leaving Texas A&M, George went into private business. He persuaded to return to coaching by USC head coach Don Clark in 1958. For five years, George served as John McKay's senior assistant, where he was a part of the 1962 championship team.
George retired after the championship, reentering the private business realm and serving as vice president of sales for Transamerica Title Insurance Company for six years. He returned to USC again in January 1971, this time as both an assistant athletic director and assistant football coach. He was an assistant on both the 1972 and 1974 national championship teams before focusing solely on working as an assistant athletic director, retiring from that position in 1985.
Head coaching record
|Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference) (1951–1953)|
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- Ear; Gustkey, Howard's End: Jones Began USC's Football Success in the 1920s; So What if He Wasn't Ever Going to Be Life of a Party?, Los Angeles Times, December 24, 1995, accessed April 19, 2012.
- Richard Dunn, Ray George, Millennium Hall of Fame, Daily Pilot, February 19, 2001, accessed April 19, 2012.
- Los Angeles Times " Ray George Named Head Grid Boss at Texas A&M " April 25, 1951
- College Football Data Warehouse Raymond George records by year