Ray McCallum

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Ray McCallum
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Tulane
Conference The American
Biographical details
Born (1961-03-06) March 6, 1961 (age 58)
West Memphis, Arkansas
Playing career
1979–1983 Ball State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1983–1984 Ball State (assistant)
1984–1993 Wisconsin (assistant)
1993 Michigan (assistant)
1993–2000 Ball State
2000–2004 Houston
2004–2006 Oklahoma (assistant)
2006–2008 Indiana (assistant)
2008–2016 Detroit
2016–2019 Georgia State (assistant)
2019–present Tulane (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 287–281
Accomplishments and honors
2 MAC Tournament (1995, 2000)
MAC regular season (1998)
Horizon Tournament (2012)
Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (1983)
MAC Player of the Year (1983)

Ray Michael McCallum Sr. (born March 6, 1961) is an American college basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach for Tulane. He previously served as the head coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is also a former player and head coach of Ball State University. From 2016 to 2018 McCallum served as assistant coach at Georgia State. Previously, he also served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma and Indiana.

McCallum won Indiana High School Athletic Association Championships in both his junior and senior year at Muncie Central High School. At Ball State he scored 2,109 points during his career and was Player of the Year in the Mid-American Conference his senior year. In 1983 he was awarded the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is an annual college basketball award in the United States intended to honor shorter–than–average players who excel on the court despite their size. He was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 8th round of the 1983 draft with the 164th pick overall. His jersey (10) is one of two numbers retired at Ball State, along with Bonzi Wells's 42.

McCallum's coaching record at Ball State was 126–76.[1] He guided the Cardinals to two NCAA appearances during his tenure.

McCallum also served as an assistant coach at Wisconsin, Michigan and Oklahoma. From 2000 until 2004, he served as head coach at Houston, where his record was 44–73.[2]

McCallum has a son, Ray McCallum, Jr., who played basketball for the University of Detroit Mercy for three seasons. He was considered a blue chip prospect in high school and had offers to play for more prestigious institutions, but decided to play for his father. McCallum, Jr. was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ball State Cardinals (Mid-American Conference) (1993–2000)
1993–94 Ball State 16–12 11–7 4th
1994–95 Ball State 19–11 11–7 4th NCAA Division I First Round
1995–96 Ball State 16–12 11–7 T–4th
1996–97 Ball State 16–13 9–9 T–5th
1997–98 Ball State 21–8 14–4 T–1st (West) NIT First Round
1998–99 Ball State 16–11 10–8 2nd (West)
1999–00 Ball State 22–9 11–7 T–1st (West) NCAA Division I First Round
Ball State: 126–76 77–49
Houston Cougars (Conference USA) (2000–2004)
2000–01 Houston 9–20 6–10 5th (National)
2001–02 Houston 18–15 9–7 2nd (National) NIT Opening Round
2002–03 Houston 8–20 6–10 4th (National)
2003–04 Houston 9–18 3–13 13th
Houston: 44–73 24–40
Detroit Titans (Horizon League) (2008–2016)
2008–09 Detroit 6–23 2–16 10th
2009–10 Detroit 19–14 9–9 7th
2010–11 Detroit 16–16 10–8 T–5th
2011–12 Detroit 20–14 11–7 T–3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2012–13 Detroit 18–13 12–4 2nd NIT First Round
2013–14 Detroit 11–19 6–10 T–7th
2014–15 Detroit 13–18 7–9 6th
2015–16 Detroit 14–15 9–9 6th
Detroit: 117–132 (.470) 66–72 (.478)
Total: 287–281 (.505)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Source: NCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Career[3]


  1. ^ Indiana University Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 36
  2. ^ University of Houston Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 149
  3. ^ NCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Career, retrieved 2011-Aug-16
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