Sports Illustrated Web Site Features Ray Mears
On Feb. 26, 1961, the iconic national news magazine Sports Illustrated ran a feature story on the late Wittenberg men’s basketball head coach Ray Mears. Titled “Mr. Wonderful Of Wittenberg,” the story was recently posted to the SI.com Web site in a section called “SI Vault, Your Link To Sports History.”
Ironically, the story was written just months before Mears left Wittenberg for the University of Tennessee, where he enjoyed a legendary career. His overall winning percentage of .747, which includes his 121-23 record at Wittenberg between 1956 and 1962, ranks 17th in NCAA history. Mears led the Tigers to three Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, three OAC Tournament titles and the 1961 NCAA College Division championship. A link to the complete story is available on Wittenberg’s athletics home page at www.wittenberg.edu/athletics.