BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson has named a pair of Hoosier natives - Ray McCallum (Muncie, Ind.) and Jeff Meyer (Reynolds, Ind.) - as IU assistant coaches.
McCallum most recently served as an assistant to Sampson at Oklahoma for two seasons, while Meyer arrives in Bloomington after two years as an assistant coach at Missouri. McCallum and Meyer each own 20-plus years of college coaching experience, including successful tenures as Division I head coaches.
Sampson feels that both coaches will pay immediate dividends to Indiana basketball.
"When you represent a University that has the tradition of excellence like Indiana University has, you need to start with people who have high character and great integrity, and I think Ray and Jeff are off the charts in those two areas." Sampson said.
"In terms of recruiting student-athletes to IU, I want people to understand what this University means to this state and the importance of basketball in the state of Indiana. I want a staff that could relate to young people, understand our values that our program will have and that will not only serve as a source of motivation, but also guide young men to become better players, better students and better people. These two guys will be tremendous representatives of our program and our University."
McCallum helped the Sooners to a combined 45-17 record, including a mark of 23-9 in Big 12 Conference play, and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He is excited to return to Indiana and looks forward to working with one of the nation's most storied programs alongside a head coach of Sampson's caliber.
"It feels great to be back in Indiana and what a blessing it is to be around my family and friends," McCallum said. "It was a great experience when I was in the southwest part of the country, but it is an even better feeling to be back among family, friends and where basketball reigns.
"I grew up following high school basketball and take special pride in being a part of two state basketball championships (Muncie Central). When I was a kid, I was a basketball camper at Indiana, and now to be here working under a great head coach in Coach Sampson gives me a lot of pride. It is also good for me to be back in the Big Ten and in one of the best basketball conferences, top to bottom, in the country."
Prior to Oklahoma, McCallum spent four seasons as the head coach at Houston (2000-04). In 2001-02, he led the Cougars to an 18-15 mark and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), Houston's first postseason tournament appearance since the 1992-93 season. Houston was runner-up in Conference USA's National Division with a 9-7 record that year, and advanced to the league's tournament semifinal for the first time in school history.
McCallum began his head coaching career at Ball State (1993-00). The Cardinals amassed a 126-76 record during his tenure, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT berth. He became the first coach in Ball State history to post seven consecutive winning seasons.
McCallum is also very familiar with the Big Ten Conference, having spent nine years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (1984-93). McCallum helped Wisconsin to the 1989 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the Badgers' first postseason tournament appearance. McCallum briefly served as an assistant coach at Michigan in 1993 before accepting the Ball State head coaching job.
McCallum is one of the most heralded players in Indiana high school and college basketball history. A 1979 graduate of Muncie Central High School, McCallum helped his team to back-to-back state titles in 1978 and 1979. He continued this success at Ball State, from where he graduated in 1983 as the Mid-American Conference's career scoring leader and the first Ball State student-athlete in any sport to have his jersey retired. A three-time all-conference selection, McCallum was the 1981 MAC Tournament MVP, the 1982-83 MAC Player of the Year and the 1982-83 Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award winner as the nation's outstanding collegiate senior 6-feet or under. He was also chosen by the Indiana Pacers in the 1983 NBA Draft.
McCallum is a 1983 graduate of Ball State, and he and his wife, Wendy, have a son, Ray Michael, and a daughter, Brittany.
Like McCallum, Meyer has has been a winner at every level throughout his 26-year career. Meyer's squads have registered a 484-320 (.602) overall record and have qualified for postseason play 10 times, including six NCAA Tournament (one Final Four and one Sweet Sixteen) and four NIT appearances.
Meyer is also ecstatic to be back home again in Indiana.
"I am thrilled and honored to join coach Sampson and the IU basketball family," Meyer said. "My wife, Karen, and I are so excited to be back home again in Indiana where the tradition of the great game of basketball reigns supreme. Our immediate focus is to invest into the development, while building positive relationships with our current players, as well as reaching out to the outstanding high school basketball coaches across the state of Indiana.
"Our desire as a coaching staff is to embrace the entire IU basketball family so that together we can achieve future success for the fans of the Indiana program. We not only know, but truly understand the importance of Indiana basketball in the lives of Hoosiers and I look forward to being a part of creating more memories, while also adding to the nationally-recognized tradition of IU basketball."
A 1976 graduate of Taylor University, Meyer's two seasons at Missouri were preceded by three seasons as an assistant coach at Butler University. Meyer was instrumental in Butler's 2002 and 2003 Horizon League titles, as the Bulldogs advanced to the 2003 NCAA Sweet 16. Ironically, Butler lost to Sampson's Oklahoma Sooners in that regional semifinal.
Overall, Butler posted a 69-26 mark during Meyer's tenure, and most importantly, 12 of the program's 13 student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility at BU went on to earn their degrees. Meyer spearheaded Butler's recruiting efforts and played a vital role in the Bulldog's player-skill development program, game preparation and strategy.
Prior to his time at Butler, Meyer was the associate head coach at Winthrop. He helped the Eagles to three straight Big South Conference championships and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 1999-2001. More impressively, eight of the nine Winthrop student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility during this time earned their degrees.
Meyer is a veteran head coach who spent 16 years at the helm of the Liberty basketball program (1981-97). During his stay, Meyer registered a 259-206 mark and led the Flames to the 1994 Big South Tournament championship and the NCAA Tournament. He guided Liberty to a 23-9 record and a first place tie for the Big South regular season championship in 1996-97 and was instrumental in helping LU make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division I. Meyer won two conference coach of the year awards and one district coach of the year award at Liberty.
In addition to his outstanding efforts as a head coach on the floor, Meyer's program also produced successful young men in the classroom, registering a 90 percent graduation rate (45 of 50 student-athletes) from 1981 to 1997.
Meyer opened his college coaching career as an assistant to Lee Rose at Purdue from 1978-80. He aided the Boilermakers' share of the 1979 Big Ten title and NIT final appearance, as well as the 1980 NCAA Final Four appearance.
After earning his master's degree from Purdue in 1980, Meyer followed Rose to South Florida in 1980-81, where the Bulls advanced to the NIT.
Meyer and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two daughters, Holli Torrie and Sarah, as well as a son, Josh.
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