|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
Ray McCallum, who has 19 years of head coaching experience and more than 30 years in the industry, was named associate head coach for Georgia State in July 2016 and enters his third year with the Panthers.
McCallum joined GSU following eight seasons as the head coach at Detroit.
During his tenure, McCallum rebuilt the Titans from the bottom of the Horizon League when he took over, to title contenders and a Horizon League championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.
During his first five years at the helm at Detroit, the Titans increased their conference win total in every season and increased its place in the regular season standings during that stretch.
In his first two years at Georgia State, McCallum has guided the Panthers to back-to-back postseason appearances, including the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18 after GSU won the Sun Belt Conference tournament and finished the year 24-11.
Over his 19-year head coaching career, he has amassed 300 victories and made six postseason runs.
During McCallum’s tenure at Detroit, 16 Titans went on to play professionally. Six have suited up in the NBA Summer League since 2012, while his son and former Horizon League Player of the Year Ray McCallum has currently played three seasons in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.
When hired at Detroit, McCallum brought 11 years of head coaching experience with him to UDM, having previously served in that role at his alma mater, Ball State (1994-2000), as well as Houston (2001-04). He took four teams to postseason play during his career at those schools.
His 30-year coaching career began at Ball State in 1983-84 as a volunteer assistant coach. He served as an assistant at Wisconsin for the next nine seasons, helping a program that hadn’t been to
The Cardinals posted a 126-76 record during McCallum’s seven-year tenure. McCallum directed Ball State to two NCAA Tournament appearances (1995, 2000) and an NIT berth (1998) and became the first coach in Ball State history to post seven consecutive winning seasons. During his head coaching career at Ball State, McCallum recruited and coached Bonzi Wells, who was the 11th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft. When he left BSU for Houston in 2000, McCallum’s .624 winning percentage was the fourth-best in Mid American Conference history.
McCallum served as head coach at Houston for four seasons. In 2002, he led the Cougars to an 18-15 mark and a berth in the NIT, Houston’s first post-season tournament appearance in nine years. Houston finished 9-7 in Conference USA’s National Division that year and advanced to the league tournament semi-finals for the first time.
Before arriving at Detroit, he was a key assistant on the coaching staffs at Oklahoma (2004-06) and Indiana (2006-08
An outstanding player in his own right, McCallum was a member of two state championship teams at Central High School in Muncie, Ind. As a senior in 1979, he was a starting guard and was named the Most Valuable Player of the state championship game after leading Central to its second straight state title.
He stayed in Muncie to play collegiately at Ball State, where he was named the MAC’s Freshman of the Year after leading the Cardinals in scoring with 16.5 points per game. As a sophomore, McCallum again led the Cardinals in scoring, this time with 18.4 points per game, and helped them finish the season with a 20-10 record and a share of the MAC championship. Ball State also earned an NCAA Tournament invitation for the first time in school history that year. The following season, McCallum led the Cardinals in scoring once again with a 17.6 average, and Ball State won its first outright MAC Championship.
As a senior, McCallum was named MAC Player of the Year and conference tournament MVP. He also earned first-team All-MAC honors for the third straight year, ending his career as the MAC’s all-time leading scorer with 2,109 points. Additionally, he won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s best senior under six-feet tall. He became the first BSU athlete to have his jersey retired in any sport. McCallum graduated from Ball State in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology.
One week after graduation, the Indiana Pacers selected him in the 1983 NBA Draft. One of the final players cut in training camp, McCallum played briefly in the CBA before returning to Ball State to begin his coaching career.
McCallum and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of a daughter, Brittany Rae (27) and son Ray Michael (25), who was selected 36th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and currently plays overseas.