Gordon Ridings

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George Ridings
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Alma mater Oregon
Playing career
1927-1929 Oregon
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946-1950 Columbia
Head coaching record
Overall 70–21 (.769)
Tournaments NCAA: 0-2(.000)
Accomplishments and honors
2x EIBL Champion (1946, 1947)
2x PCC All-Conference (1928, 1929)

Gordon Ridings was an American college men's basketball coach. He served as head coach at Columbia University from 1946 until 1951 when he suffered a heart attack before the season started, handing over coaching duties to Lou Rossini. Ridings graduated of University of Oregon in 1929, where he was a two-time Northern Division All-Conference selection (1928, 1929). Ridings was remembered as one of the first great teachers of defensive basketball. Story has it that Red Auerbach of the Boston Celtics often came to Morningside Heights to learn how to coach defense.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Columbia Lions (Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League) (1946–1950)
1946–47 Columbia 15-5 11-1 1st
1947–48 Columbia 20-3 11-1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1948–49 Columbia 14-6 8-4 T-2nd
1949–50 Columbia 21-7 9-3 2nd
Columbia: 70–21 (.769) 39–9 (.813)
Total: 70–21 (.769)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  1. ^ Mirer, Michael (2001). "Columbia Dream Team of Old Comes Home to Levien", Columbia Daily Spectator, February 5.