December 18, 1913|
March 17, 2006 (aged 92)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
NCAA: 14-16 (.467)|
NIT: 10-8 (.556)
|Accomplishments and honors|
2x NCAA Final Four (1943, 1979)
NIT Champion (1945)
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.
Head coaching record
- Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
- List of college men's basketball coaches with 600 wins
- List of NCAA Men's Division I Final Four appearances by coach