DePaul's Home Floor To Be Named In Honor Of Ray & Marge Meyer
“One of the things that is important to our Athletic Department is to honor the legacy of the people who have contributed to the quality of DePaul,” DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said. “Ray and Marge were tremendous ambassadors for DePaul not only in
No one is more associated with
In his 42 years as head coach of DePaul from 1942-84, he compiled a record of 724-354 (.671). In his career, 13 of his teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament and seven of his squads played in the National Invitational Tournament. His 1943 and 1979 teams advanced to the NCAA Final Four while his 1945 team, featuring future Hall of Famer George Mikan, won the NIT when it was considered the national championship. One of only 11 Division I coaches to win at least 700 games, Coach Ray posted 37 winning seasons and 12, 20-win campaigns. In his last seven years at DePaul (1977-84), he posted an impressive record of 180-30 (.857). Six of those teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament and his 1983 team played in the NIT finals.
Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979, Meyer is recognized around the basketball world simply as “Coach”. His 724 career wins rank 11th on the all-time list. In 1978 and 1980, he was named Coach of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. The Associated Press also honored him as its national Coach of the Year in both 1980 and 1984. In addition, he was named the Kodak Man of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1980 and was awarded the John Bunn Award from the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1981 for contributions to the game of basketball. He was also honored with the NIT-NACDA Award in 1984.
Besides his Naismith Hall of Fame honor, Coach Ray is also a member of the
Upon retiring as DePaul’s coach in 1984, Ray served as Special Assistant to the President of DePaul until 1997. His duties included fund-raising and special projects. In addition, Meyer also did color commentary for DePaul basketball games on WGN Radio for 13 seasons. In his 55 years at DePaul, he attended 1,467 consecutive Blue Demon games, never missing a game in that time span.
A lasting tribute to Meyer already exists on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus as the Ray Meyer Fitness and