Ray Mears (coach)

Ray Mears (coach)

Ray Mears (November 8, 1926 – June 11, 2007) was an American collegiate basketball coach at Wittenberg University (1957–1962) and the University of Tennessee (1963–1977). His career record of 399-135 (.747) still ranks among the top 15 all-time NCAA coaching records for those with a minimum of 10 seasons. Mears is largely regarded as the father of University of Tennessee basketball and was known for his trademark orange blazer, which he wore during games. Mears is also credited with coining the phrase "Big Orange Country." Mears was born in Dover, Ohio. and was married to the former Dana Davis. They had three sons: Steve, Mike and Matt. Ray Mears Boulevard in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he died, is named for him.

Read more about Ray Mears (coach):  Early Years, Coaching Start, The Move To "Big Orange Country", Head Coaching Record

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