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Referred to by many as “Coach”, George is Nike’s former Director of International Basketball. While attending Villanova George was asked to do security for the March on Washington and as luck would have it he would end up right next to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and following his speech asked Dr. King for his notes. To this day George still possesses the original copy of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
George would go on to become a world-class educator and coach with head coaching jobs at Washington State, the University of Iowa and USC, becoming the first African- American head coach in the Pac-8 conference. While coaching Raveling published two books, War on the Boards and A Rebounder’s Workshop, since its release, War on the Boards has sold over 100,000 copies. Raveling served as an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 1984 Olympic team under Bob Knight, where he and a young Michael Jordan began a lifelong friendship that would ultimately play an integral part of Jordan signing with Nike years later. Also, during training camp for the 1994 Olympics, USA Basketball head coach Chuck Daly called upon Coach Raveling to lead a team of college players in practice against the Dream Team, resulting in the only loss the Dream Team would have during their gold medal run.
Following a prolific basketball coaching career, George was presented with an opportunity of a lifetime to join Nike as Director of Grass Roots Basketball, and soon thereafter was promoted to Director of Global Basketball. At the age of 70, when most people are deeply immersed in retirement, George accepted a promotion to a job created specifically for him, not some cushy desk job with no travel, but rather, Raveling was named the Director of International Basketball for Nike.
Raveling has recently been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, National Collegiate Hall of Fame, Villanova Hall of Fame, and was the recipient of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.
Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi was most recently on the New England Patriots coaching staff for Bill Belichick after thirty years working in the front offices of the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Oakland Raiders, and the Cleveland Browns (where he was general manager).
In late 2018, Lombardi released Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL, featuring a foreword by Bill Belichick, the book has sold over 20,000 copies. Gridiron Genius reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football. Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win–and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.
Lombardi now writes for The Athletic and has his own podcast, The GM Shuffle with Adnan Virk. Previously Lombardi worked for Bill Simmon’s The Ringer, where he also hosted his top-ten sports podcast, GM Street, which averaged over 150,000+ downloads per episode.