George Raveling is a former American college basketball coach and a current Nike executive. He was the head coach at Washington State University and the University of Iowa and an assistant coach at the University of Maryland and Louisville. He is also known for being the first African American head coach at a Division I school in the Pacific-8 Conference (now the Pac-12).
He is currently the Director of International Basketball for NIKE. He is also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the International Basketball Hall of Fame, and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. He was the first African American head basketball coach at a major university in the United States when he took the head coaching job at Washington State University in 1972.
George Raveling is also well-known as a motivational speaker. He has given many speeches to various audiences, including athletes, business leaders, and students. Raveling is considered an expert on leadership, teamwork, and motivation. He often uses stories from his career as a basketball coach and executive to illustrate his points and to inspire his audiences to reach their full potential. He is well respected for his wisdom in overcoming personal and professional challenges with a positive attitude and persistence.