LADERA HEIGHTS ( — Looking around George Raveling’s home office in Los Angeles, you can’t help but notice his assortment of awards, honors, and pictures.

But among them, an even more impressive collection of books.

“Most times I’m reading three or four books at the same time,” said Raveling, who is simply known as Coach.

His head coaching career started at Washington State in 1972. While there, he sought wisdom from the hardwood from the well-known John Wooden, affectionately known as the “Wizard of Westwood.”

“Coach Wooden was a person who always took time out to talk with me,” said Raveling, whose ear for listening to great leaders dates back to when he was a standout basketball player at Villanova University during the troubling times of the Civil Rights Movement.

Despite being a student athlete, Raveling found time to learn from a man who changed America’s consciousness: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I had never been in the presence of anyone that was serving in the public speaking role that was as electrifying and dynamic and had a message of substance like Martin Luther King did,” he said.



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