|Born||December 18, 1913|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||March 17, 2006 (aged 92)|
Wheeling, Illinois, U.S.
|1930-1932||St. Patrick Academy|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||14–16 (NCAA Division I)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 NCAA Regional—Final Four (1943, 1979)|
|2× AP Coach of the Year (1980, 1984)|
2x Henry Iba Award (1978, 1980)
NABC Coach of the Year (1979)
2× 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 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.
Meyer's final game as a head coach was the Blue Demons' 73–71 overtime loss to Wake Forest in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals at St. Louis Arena on March 23, 1984. Two of his sons were also NCAA Division I men's basketball head coaches. Tom Meyer served at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years from 1977 to his dismissal on April 16, 1983. Joey Meyer took the helm of the Blue Demons upon his father's retirement and stayed at DePaul until his resignation on April 28, 1997.
Head coaching record
|DePaul Blue Demons (NCAA University Division / Division I independent) (1942–1984)|
|1942–43||DePaul||19–5||NCAA Final Four|
|1952–53||DePaul||19–9||NCAA Regional Fourth Place|
|1955–56||DePaul||16–8||NCAA first round|
|1958–59||DePaul||13–11||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
|1959–60||DePaul||17–7||NCAA University Division Regional Third Place|
|1960–61||DePaul||17–8||NIT first round|
|1962–63||DePaul||15–8||NIT first round|
|1963–64||DePaul||21–4||NIT first round|
|1964–65||DePaul||17–10||NCAA University Division Regional Fourth Place|
|1965–66||DePaul||18–8||NIT first round|
|1975–76||DePaul||20–9||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
|1977–78||DePaul||27–3||NCAA Division I Elite Eight|
|1978–79||DePaul||26–6||NCAA Division I Third Place|
|1979–80||DePaul||26–2||NCAA Division I second round|
|1980–81||DePaul||27–2||NCAA Division I second round|
|1981–82||DePaul||26–2||NCAA Division I second round|
|1983–84||DePaul||27–3||NCAA Division I Sweet 16|
Postseason invitational champion
- Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
- List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins
- List of NCAA Division I Men's Final Four appearances by coach
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- "Raymond J. "Ray" Meyer". hoophall.com. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
- Cress, Doug. "Wake Forest Retires Meyer," The Washington Post, Saturday, March 24, 1984. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
- "Former University of Illinois at Chicago basketball coach R....," United Press International (UPI), Thursday, April 21, 1983. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
- "Joey Meyer out as DePaul coach," United Press International (UPI), Monday, April 28, 1997. Retrieved March 19, 2023.
- "Legendary Basketball Coach Ray Meyer, 92, Dies," DePaul University, Friday, March 17, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2023.