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Editor's note: The following story ran in the October 2010 issue of Marquette Magazine. Hank Raymonds passed away Dec. 6, 2010. We invite readers to continue to share treasured memories of Hank using the comments section below, or visit Marquette Athletics website to submit condolences to the Raymonds family and read the memories shared by others.

Hank

by Dan McGrath, Jour '72

More than 33 years after he coached a game and nearly a decade since his death, Al McGuire is still remembered as a charismatic showman, still regarded as the face of Marquette basketball.

Hank Raymonds remains the program's soul.

That truth became abundantly clear this past summer, when dozens of ex-Warriors and Golden Eagles reached out to their former coach upon learning that Raymonds, 86, is battling cancer.

Hank Raymonds spent 26 years in athletics at Marquette, the first three as an assistant to Coach Eddie Hickey. Then came a heady 13-year run as McGuire's indispensable right-hand man, followed by another 10 as his successor as head coach and athletic director. The university presented Raymonds with a $10,000 check at his retirement, but he returned it, insisting the money be used to start a scholarship fund for non-revenue sports.

Yes, Raymonds officially retired in 1987, but in truth he never left. He has remained a courtside presence at men's basketball games and a supportive regular at women's basketball games, at soccer games, at volleyball games — anywhere the Golden Eagles compete.

"Marquette was his life," says Rick Majerus, a longtime associate and eventual successor who is now coach at St. Louis University.

Majerus considers Raymonds a friend and mentor, and he's hardly alone. Raymonds has been a wise, reassuring father figure to hundreds of Marquette student-athletes over the years and a favorite instructor to just as many ordinary students. His "Theory of Coaching Basketball" was a popular course among sports-minded men and women, whether they hoped to coach the game or merely understand it better.

"Hank has been one of the most important people in my life," says George Thompson, Sp '69, the first All-American of the McGuire-Raymonds era who later broadcast Marquette games and worked his way up to vice president at Briggs & Stratton Corp. "He has always been there for me and for countless other players with the right advice on what you should do and maybe shouldn't do. He always made so much sense. He's probably the one most responsible for a lot of players getting their degrees and being successful after basketball."

Marquette's location on the fringe of downtown Milwaukee makes it an urban school by definition, but the student population is predominantly white, suburban Catholic. That could be a challenging environment for the inner-city African-American kids from New York and Chicago who formed the tough-minded core of a good many Marquette teams. Along with Ginny, his wife of 60 years, Raymonds was always there to help with the adjustment, offering calm, caring counsel in those moments when even a college basketball star was homesick or dealing with self-doubt. Dean Meminger, Arts '71, a New York high school phenom and 1971 All-American who played point guard on three great Marquette teams, considered Raymonds a surrogate father, someone he could talk to about anything.

"Hank is the reason I stuck it out at Marquette," Meminger says. "If I was having an academic problem or any type of problem, I could go to him for help. He wouldn't let me quit, wouldn't let me get down on myself."

They reconnected this summer for the first time in several years when Meminger visited Raymonds while in Milwaukee for a charity golf tournament hosted by Bo Ellis, Sp '77. "Hank told me I was his favorite," Meminger says. "Even after all these years, it made me proud to hear that."

Raymonds always insisted that Marquette players use basketball as a means to an end. Life goes on after the cheering stops, he told them, so get an education and be ready for it. In recruiting, Raymonds promoted Marquette as a lifelong experience, not just a four-season basketball interlude. That approach made the difference in landing Chicago prep star Bo Ellis, a four-year starter and future pro who played on two Final Four teams and was co-captain of the 1977 NCAA champions.

"When Coach Raymonds was recruiting me, my mother trusted him," Ellis remembers. "He promised her he'd look after me if I came to Marquette, and he did. Every ballplayer has a memory of Hank standing in the middle of the gym on the day we registered for classes. He knew what everybody was taking and where we had to go to sign up for it. I never would have received a degree from Marquette if it hadn't been for Coach Raymonds. I don't know if there's ever been anyone who cared more about his players."

Raymonds' care and concern did not expire with a player's eligibility. He maintained strong relationships with Marquette athletes after they moved on.

"Most coaches will do things for you while you're playing," says Michael Wilson, Sp '82, a four-year starter at guard under Raymonds who today lives in Atlanta and is a manager with a shipping company. "But how many keep in touch and stay involved with you long after you're done? Coach Raymonds and I talked almost every week. Whenever I went to him for career advice or any sort of decision, he was there for me. His wife, too."

Lloyd Walton, Sp '82, a standout guard from 1974-76, recalls Raymonds as "a gentleman's gentleman" who helped him survive an occasionally turbulent relationship with McGuire.

"Hank was the antithesis of Al," Walton says. "Al was so charismatic that he overshadowed Hank. But Al could not have been Al if Hank hadn't been Hank."

At McGuire's insistence, Walton curbed his freewheeling style and ran the team at the more deliberate pace McGuire preferred. Walton believed his game was better suited to professional ball, and he was crushed when he lasted until the third round of the 1976 NBA draft ... until he talked to Raymonds.

"Hank said, 'I know you're disappointed, but there's no doubt in my mind you can play in the league. You're going to have to bust your butt and prove that you can.' That's exactly what I did," Walton says.

Walton, now a counselor for the NBA Players Association, remembers another call from Raymonds as his pro career was winding down.

"I was six credits short of my degree," Walton says. "Hank knew it. He said, 'Let's get your butt up here and make your mother proud.' He knew the courses I needed, and he set them up for me. I can't imagine how many guys he helped like that."

Raymonds at his core was a basketball coach, a good one, having developed powerhouse teams at St. Louis University High School and Christian Brothers College before coming to Marquette to rejoin Hickey. McGuire had the good sense to retain Raymonds when he took over in 1964, and they formed an ideal partnership.

"Hank was a reality check for Al," Majerus says. "He really stayed on top of all the detail work so Al didn't have to worry about it. They complemented each other like two people in a good marriage."

Digger Phelps, who fought many battles with Marquette during his 20 years as Notre Dame's coach, calls Raymonds "the brains behind the scenes" for McGuire.

"Al was a psychologist and a great motivator, but he wasn't much of an X's-and-O's guy. Hank was, and Al trusted him," Phelps says. "Hank wasn't in it for personal satisfaction. He never sought the spotlight, never tried to upstage Al. He was content to stay in the background, make Al look good and help Marquette win. Everyone in the game knew what a good coach he was. Take away Hank Raymonds, and Al is lost. Al would tell you that, too."

Kevin Byrne, a Baltimore Ravens vice president who was Marquette's media relations director during the 1977 championship season, says McGuire appreciated Raymonds' value.

"Al used to tell me that Hank was too humble for his own good, that he'd be lost without him, that people would realize what a terrific basketball coach Hank was "if he had a little more [jerk] in him," Byrne says.

But the "jerk gene" bypassed Raymonds. He was an old-school coach, at home in the gym, in it for the kids, incapable of any kind of self-promotion.

"People like to say they put the team first. Hank did — the team always came first," Byrne says.

Perhaps the most appropriate tribute to a good man's legacy comes from Robert Byrd, Arts '80, who was a freshman reserve on the NCAA title team and a three-year starter under Raymonds. The "life after basketball" message took with Byrd, as did the example of putting kids first. Byrd opened Bridging the Gap, which is currently in use as a community center for kids just off the Marquette campus and will soon feature a computer lab/reading room known as the Hank Raymonds Educational Center.

"I'm just doing what I was taught to do," Byrd says. "It's a thrill for me to open the learning center in Coach's honor to let people know about this man. The strongest part of our relationship was beyond the athletic arena. With the glamorization of the game, today's athletes don't have many men like Hank Raymonds around, and that's unfortunate. I'm a better person for having him in my life."


Dan McGrath, Jour '72, is a longtime journalist and current president of Leo High School in Chicago.



Comments


Comment by Bob Wilkins,football,'58-60 at Oct 18 2010 02:41 pm
Your players said it all Hank. The gentlemen's gentleman,Hank Raymonds My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Comment by Kevin Malone at Oct 18 2010 02:46 pm
Coach Raymonds, I was a member of your last JV Bball program at MU 1972-1973. Our stars were Earl Tatum and Randy Bachman but Craig Butrym, Barry Brennan and Bill Neary were also big parts of the team. Others like myself filled in the gaps such as Steve Sterling and Ike Chestnut. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunty to play that extra year as the program was supposed to be and was eventually abandoned. You showed a lot of faith in me as a player back then, I think mainly becuase I followed directions pretty well and wasn't afraid to hit the floor after a loose ball. I came to MU from Detroit with a crazy dream of playing basketball and you made that become a reality if only for one amazing year. I stayed in Milwaukee for 20 years and my MU sweetheart and I have raised 5 wonderful kids many of which still don't believe I ever played basketball for MU but we know better. We left Milw and moved back to Detroit in 1994 but have recently relocated to the Delafield area so I will be once again attending MU games. Good luck in your current battle, I know that you will fight with honor and dignity.

With tremendous admiration, Kevin Malone, MU Class of 1977 Engineering
Comment by Raymond Mack PT, MA at Oct 18 2010 02:53 pm
Student trainer 74-77 Marquette Warrior basketball. The article is wonderfully complete. A true reflection of the man. There are no words to express my respect for the man,coach and friend. I was one of the many that he influenced over the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you. Go Warriors.
Comment by Bob Hutchison at Oct 18 2010 03:04 pm
I've known Hank Raymonds for many years, and became to really know the "man" through working together on the Hank Raymonds Scholarship Raffle & Auction. This was an effort to raise money for scholarships for Marquette's non-revenue sports. Through Hank's leadership and hard work, the event raised just shy of $1.5 million over a 15 year period, and still continues as the Blue & Gold Auction. An example of Hank's caring nature is that several years ago my wife had bi-lateral hip replacement surgery. On a Sunday morning about 8:00AM while she was in the hospital, she woke up to see Hank standing at the foot of her bed. He was just there to say "hi, how are you? Get better soon". That's the kind of person Hank Raymonds is. I love Hank Raymonds, as does anyone who has ever been around him for any length of time.
Comment by Kathy Shaw at Oct 18 2010 03:08 pm
Coach Raymonds, I never played ball for you and we never formally met. I was on campus as a grad student for two years in the early '70's. My husband was more attuned to the nuances of sports and always said you were really the coach who took the Warriors to the NCAA Championship. I'll never forget a story in the Milwaukee Journal about you waiting outside the locker room with the game ball for Coach McGuire. It was clear that as much as the Warriors were a team, you and he were very much a team, too. But in all of this, my favorite memory of you is at the bakery on North Avenue in Wauwatosa on Saturday mornings. Always a friendly smile and hello for everyone. You are in my prayers. I wish you all the best. Thank you.
Comment by Joe Peters at Oct 18 2010 03:26 pm
I tried out for the 68-69 freshman team with Mike Mills & although I never made the tam I was fortune enough to be one of his data assistants that year & play against his teams as one of the intermural all-stars in the following years. I myself am a cancer survivor & one reason I survived was remembering his encouragement to stay with it. Thanks Hank!
Comment by Tom Pedtke at Oct 18 2010 03:29 pm
I ran the radio station at Schroeder Hall and for a couple years we broadcast Marquette home games to the dorms. I remember interviewing Coach McGuire after a game. I ask him "well what did you think of the game, coach?" He took the mic and proceeded to talk for 15 minutes! I received many compliments on my fantastic interview.

After I graduated I was working in New England when MU was in the NIT finals against Southern Illinois. I got tickets and just happened to bump into you and Coach McGuire outside the Big Apple. You both said "Hi Tom how have you been." Wow was I impressed. I wasn't part of your athletic program and we had only met a couple times on campus however you not only remember me but even my name. It is no wonder you and Al were so brilliant at recruiting.

My middle name is Raymond and on the radio I used the name Tom Raymonds. I could not have pick a better name. You're a class person. Good luck. My prayers are with you.
Comment by Robert C Weber DDS at Oct 18 2010 03:49 pm
I've only met you maybe once or at most twice, Ray, but have always be a big fan of yours because of how you live your faith, both on and off the basketball court. I very much appreciate that kind of role modeling.

Therefore, because I have had to deal with the death of my wife some nine years ago - she was diagnosed with myleodisplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia, - I have found that I have benefited spiritually from a prayer that she and I used to prayer together and, of course, which I pray by myself now. I'd like to share that prayer with you, if you don't mind, as you face this difficult time in your life.

"Lord God, You alone are the great Healer
When my mind and body are weak, I look to you for strength and reassurance.
Surround me each day with the peace of Your love and compassion.
Quite my spirit so that I may know Your goodness and be filled with Your peace.
Heal me, Lord, according to Your plan for my life.
I make this prayer through Jesus Christ, my Lord."

I certainly have an idea of what you may be experiencing, not exactly, but a little. My prayers for your health, both physical and spiritual, are with you. Many Blessings.

A brother in Christ,

Bob Weber
Comment by Anthony V. Crivello at Oct 18 2010 03:57 pm
Oct. 18, 2010

Dear Coach Raymonds:

You will forever be an icon to so many of us Hank.
I will always be a Marquette "Warrior" because of you.
I had the intimate pleasure of watching you at courtside... as a cheerleader during those Championship years.

You gave us dignity and left us Champions.
We will always return same... in your name.

You have no idea how touched you touched so many of us.

I always found you to be a gentleman Coach Hank. You handled yourself and others with respect and caring. I have observed this first hand. And you always did it with a smile and laugh.

Indeed, you are the 'soul' of Marquette' basketball.

Love, prayers, peace, strength...

Sincerely, with respect.
ANTHONY "Tony" CRIVELLO
Marquette University / Class of 1978
1993 Tony Award Winner for
“KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN”
•Currently starring a “The Phantom”
in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s
“PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular”
Directed by Hal Prince

www.AnthonyCrivello.net
Comment by Michael Petta at Oct 18 2010 04:08 pm
Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to share our human nature, to redeem all people, and to heal the sick. With this in mind I beg You to look with compassion on Your humble servant Hank., support Him with Your power, comfort Him with Your protection, and give Him the strength needed to fight against affliction. Since You have given Hank., a share in Your own passion, help Him to find hope in suffering for You, Jesus.
Amen.
Comment by Mary Schmitt Boyer at Oct 18 2010 04:39 pm
I was lucky enough to run into Hank at the MU-Notre Dame game this past winter. It gave me a chance to tell him that I never would have had a 30-plus year career in sports journalism had it not been for him and his Theory of Coaching Basketball. I wish I had his patience and his grace _ no doubt earned by starting off every day with Mass. I never played basketball for him, but he'll always be my ''coach.''
Comment by Mike Kupper at Oct 18 2010 04:51 pm
Hi, Hank
Knowing you has been a delight and working with you, even though our jobs were so different, was always a pleasure. In fact, I feel sorry for sportwriters who never had a Hank Raymonds in their lives. Best always.

Mike Kupper, J-58
Comment by Ron Spiers at Oct 18 2010 05:38 pm
Coach Hank,
During my days at Marquette '71-'74, my friends and I all knew that you were the real brains behind the scenes for the coaching staff, and that Al was the personality and frontman. We really appreciated your efforts and always watched you during the games to anticipate what was to come. Several years later, I met Coach McGuire at the Final Four in Minneapolis when he was a network broadcaster. Much to my surprise, we spent a lot of time together that weekend talking about the glory years. He said many times that you deserved the credit for the Warriors' success, but I knew that already. You are a credit to the coaching profession and to MU. Even though I never had the good fortune to meet you, I'm so thankful that I was able to watch you in action. I wish you many blessings and the best of everything always.
Warmest Regards,
Ron Spiers '74
Comment by J. Dennis Papp at Oct 18 2010 05:49 pm
I know we're talking basketball and not baseball, but Hank-Al-Warriors are the best triple-play out there.

Always a Warior,
J. Dennis Papp, J-66
Comment by Annette Schmeling RSCJ at Oct 18 2010 06:14 pm
Coach,
I still carry my 79-80 MU basketball schedule, with your caricature on the front of the card. You are a legend and I am a proud alum. You demonstrated Cura Personalis and the Ignatian charism far beyond the basketball court. Thank You!!
Live in the quiet, joyous expectation of all that is good and know you are not alone - We Are Marquette!
Gratitude & Prayers,
Annette
'78, '86
Comment by Jeff Cebulski at Oct 18 2010 06:16 pm
Hey Coach, I'm now living in Marietta, Georgia, just north of that special place, Atlanta. Teaching English at Kennesaw State University. Four kids, three grandchildren. And a proud Marquette heritage.

Even though I managed just one year with you as a freshman (you don't have to remember, I came from Sewell's town and had to wear a neck 'horse collar' for a while), I thought of you and all you taught us every month during a nearly 20 year coaching career. And I still think of you when I forget to fill the lane away from the ball or forget to challenge the pass on ball side or don't fight through the pick (yeah, it's hard to leave the court). I grew up that year...a little late, but I took with me everything you and Rick and Tom taught, and won a few games along the way, helped a lot of young people. You were a part of that.

Being a part of the Marquette golden years on the practice floor with Dean, George, Joe, Rick and the varsity players was a thrill I have never forgotten. They were great guys and a lot of it was because of you. Thanks for your personal example and patient coaching. May God bless you and your family.

--Jeff Cebulski, '72, part of the first freshman team--the team without a 'superstar'--to beat Notre Dame at South Bend. Howdy to Gary, Lammer, Spider Man, Plumber, Joe Peters, and the rest.
Comment by Meredith Moodie at Oct 18 2010 07:35 pm
Hello Coach Hank,

I am Robb Moodie's daughter and have met you several times in my life. I wanted to tell you how you and your family have touched my life in so many ways. From our equal love to Marquette Basketball to spending wonderful holidays together. You are always in our thoughts and I know my dad always enjoys telling stories about you and your basketball days. I feel lucky to have gotten to know you and your family and am blessed to have such wonderful and caring people in my life. I'm glad that this article can let others see what a magnificent coach and person you are!

With Love,

Meredith Moodie
Comment by Larry Giantomas at Oct 18 2010 07:55 pm
Hank will remember me well as I was the assistant dean of Liberal Arts during the McGuire glory years at MU and Hank and Al were good friends to me.. I remember all the guys and I did all I could to help them out in academic matters.. I remember Hank's son and Al's son Allie.. they visited me in my office in Johnston Hall often.. I remember George Thompson and Dean Meminger.. I helped them all. I was still living in Milwaukee when Al passed and I was at his funeral at Gesu.. i moved back to Indiana in 2008 and I now work part time at Notre Dame.. an arch enemy of the "Warriors" in basketball.. I still wear my MU tee shirts and MU jackets on the ND campus.. God bless Hank Raymonds
Thanks
Comment by Charles Pierce at Oct 18 2010 09:55 pm
Hey Hank --
I never sat down with you to talk basketball without getting up knowing something I hadn't known before. The only other person of whom I can say that is Bob Cousy. And, outside of words and the blues, nothing in this world outside of my family means as much to me as basketball does. Be well, my friend.

Charles P. Pierce
Journalism '75
Contributing Writer -- Esquire Magazine

neoseld power
Comment by Cliff "Charlie" Fischer at Oct 18 2010 10:06 pm
Coach,
I was lucky enough to be part of the '82-'83 team under your leadership. Coming from NJ to Milwaukee was quite a change, but being part of "your" team, "Marquettes" team, the "Warriors" team was a life changing experience for me. The comraderie, the friends, the ups-and-downs we had as a team gave me stories I tell to this day. Bumping into you now and again in town showed me the "class" and leadership you have by always saying hello and remembering me - even after 25 years. Coach, I wish you all the best and my family and I will be praying for you and your family.
Comment by David Marran at Oct 18 2010 10:43 pm
I was assistant sports editor and associate sports editor at the Marquette Tribune in the mid to late 1980s when you were AD. I was a novice ... we all were at the Tribune yet you treated us with respect as if we were reporters for the Journal. In addition, you were tremendously patient and cooperative. On a personal level, as a freshman, One of my proudest moments as a Marquette alum was introducing my daughters to you at a Marquette game a few years ago. ... Get well soon, keep smiling and thanks for everything!
Comment by Jim Gaillard at Oct 19 2010 01:31 am
Hank...I've had the pleasure of meeting you, being in your presence many times and also hearing many stories during my years ('73-'78) at Marquette and hanging with, and playing ball with most of the guys from those teams, and even now as I see them, and as I saw you this past summer at Byrd's soon to be center honoring you.
I'd like to think about the centurion in Matthew 8, and Luke 7, that wanted Jesus to heal his servant. The centurion knew all about authority, and he also showed strong faith when he said to Jesus, that just with his words that things can change, he knew Jesus didn't have to go to the servant personally, give the order and it will be done. Hank, you exemplified that when you had the teams ready for battle, even though most of the time Al was in the forefront.
So now, as you deal with adversity, I ask the Lord to display his healing powers, and comforting spirit towards you and your family...God bless you, as you have been a blessing to many of my friends on your teams and helped them in their life paths!
Comment by Herb Harrison at Oct 19 2010 05:00 am
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Outstanding Legacy Coach and God Bless You!

Herb Harrison '87 MU Student/Athlete Graduate
Mortgage Banker - American Midwest Mortgage Corp.
Comment by Larry Amidei, Bus Ad '72 at Oct 19 2010 06:13 am
Coach,

My prayers are with you and your family. My roommates and I would come to the gym to watch the Warriors practice and I would pay close attention to the meticulous detail that you displayed when coaching the players. As a high school football coach, I have tried to emulate the detail I observed, not just in coaching the Xs and Os, but your ability to deal with the players as young adults.
Comment by Mary Ann Levins Thomae (62-66) at Oct 19 2010 06:26 am
I never met you or spoke to you, but I recognized your photo immediately. I remember your quiet presence and your strong influence on the court...and over all these years. Thank you.
Comment by Vince Cicero at Oct 19 2010 06:28 am
It's almsot impossible to meet Coach and not love him. I was blessed to work with him for a couple years when I first arrived at Marquette, though even in retirement, he has always been a part of the Program. His generocity in starting the Scholarship Fund with his retirement gift says everything about the man....selfless, caring, and all about Marquette. Coach is a true pillar of the Marquette Community. Each interaction with Hank has always brought a smile to my face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Coach.
Comment by David Marran/this one at Oct 18 2010 10:44 pm
I was assistant sports editor and associate sports editor at the Marquette Tribune in the mid to late 1980s when you were AD. I was a novice ... we all were at the Tribune yet you treated us with respect as if we were reporters for the Journal. In addition, you were tremendously patient and cooperative. One of my proudest moments as a Marquette alum was introducing my daughters to you at a Marquette game a few years ago. ... Get well soon, keep smiling and thanks for everything!
Comment by Mike Seitz - Civil Engineering 1964 at Oct 19 2010 01:18 pm
I was a Civil Engineering Student back in 1964 and took the Theory of Coaching Basketball from you as an elective. I was coaching 7th and 8th graders in Racine at the time. Since your office was next the the Engineering School, we used to walk back from the "Old Gym" after class. Those were special times for me and they are a special part of my time at Marquette. I still have the play book I wrote as a class assignment and it has your note and signature. I will be passing it on to my grandson, who has an interest in coaching. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Comment by Terri Tiernan Tanis, Arts, '67 at Oct 19 2010 01:43 pm
As a senior in 1967, I joined many friends who DROVE to NYC to watch the Warriors against Southern IL in the NIT Finals. It's probably my fondest MU memory, Coach, but YOU were always a standout to the "average student" like we were. We KNEW that Al and the team wouldn't have been what they were without you ! Our prayers are with you especially seeking intercession of St. Peregrine. God bless you now and forever.
Comment by Henry Raymonds at Oct 19 2010 04:16 pm
Love you Grandpa!!!!
Comment by Howard Baumgardner at Oct 19 2010 06:17 pm
The highlight of my four years at Marquette (1970-74) was Coach Raymonds fall visit to Triangle Fraternity. It was a fall feature of our pledge drive and it was standing room only for Hank. We were always told that the Coach could only spend about 15 minutes with us, but the coach always spent over an hour with us patiently answer everyone's question with outstanding insight. I always felt that I knew more watching a game because of what he told us during his visit. I was shocked but not surprised that meeting Coach in the NROTC building later in the year, he remarked how he enjoyed his visit us. A true gentlemen! God be with you as you face this tragic disease.
Comment by Tom Audley at Oct 19 2010 07:39 pm
I was Director of Admission at Marquette 1963-74. Hank would come to the admissions office with applications in hand for the players he and Al sought to recruit. hank worked directly with Alice Zolnowski of the Admission office, but he taught Alice and me and other Admissions staff many wonderful lessons as he advocated enrollment for the men who would later bring us so much enjoyment on the court. hank would grasp my upper arm and lean in toward me as he would tell me that this "kid" was not only a good athlete, but a good boy who would make us proud. Time and time again he repeated his message and assurred us that he would watch out for the player once he was enrolled. Always a gentleman, he taught us to also remain gentle even when passionate about the future of the individual students.
Best wishes, Hank, you have friends all over the MU world!
T o m
Comment by Mark Paget at Oct 19 2010 10:02 pm
Everyone who met Hank Raymonds was better off because of it. I will always cherish the wonderful memories of my years (1974-1979) as a student trainer for the athletic department. Hank was a champion for the little guy and always went out of his way to look out for the staff. He was a tireless worker behind the scenes and totally comfortable playing second fiddle to Al McGuire. It is unfortunate that Hank's head coaching tenure never reached its potential because of a bogus flagrant foul called against Jerome Whitehead during the NCAA tournament the year following our 1977 championship. Thanks coach for everything you did for me, for Marquette University and the many people you touched through the years. God Bless you Coach!
Comment by Mike Klein at Oct 19 2010 11:01 pm
Coach, we met many times during registration when you brought the team through to get their classes. I worked the Bus Ad tables during the early 70's as an undergrad and grad student.
The frst time we met, however, was several years before that when Al granted this lowly high school sports editor an interview! At the end of our conversation, Al asked you to join us and we were able to ask you abut our favorite high school players in the area. You were so very gracious when evaluating our school mates, even though we all knew they weren't going to play for MU.
You also helped my sister-in-law get the championship team picture signed by all the players and Al as a gift for my wife. The picture has become a treasured family heirloom and we think of your kindness whenever we look at it.
Lastly, I know my father-in-law, Paul Boltacz, was friend and I am sure he would want his best wishes passed along as well.

Mike Klein
Comment by Joan Daly Selin at Oct 20 2010 09:03 am
Hank was a close family friend also; he was a superior friend to our dad, Gene Daly. I remember when Dad was in the hospital for a balance/ear problem, Hank took the time to visit him and relate to him as he had been wearing a hearing aid for years........his visit perked Dad up and remained in my mind for Many years. God Bless you, Hank............and Ginny.
Comment by Jack Koller at Oct 20 2010 11:43 am
Hank, you are one of my heros. We worked together on the first Scholarship Fund auction committee. You always remembered and asked me about a brief illness I had back then. When the soccer team was just getting started, I and some others would join you (the Athletic Director, mind you) put up parking and other signs at the Bavarian Field before games. No job too small for you as you did everything humanly possible to make MU grow. With love, prayers and strong wishes for you now and always.
Jack Koller '53
Comment by William Earl Tatum at Oct 20 2010 01:54 pm
Coach Raymonds~ Wishing you the best as always. You will always be my coach. Thank you for the two greatest things you taught me: 1-Never give up because you never know who is watching you, and 2-Coaching me to reposition my thumb as I release my jump shot! {And some say it was a really beautiful shot!<smile>} May God continue to bless you. With love, William Earl Tatum and the Tatum Family- Larena, Jenay, Mia and Sean YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!
Comment by Jeff Melchior at Oct 20 2010 02:34 pm
Coach Raymonds-

I have so many fond memories of attending games back in the mid-to-late '70's with my parents. I recall being at a basketball camp in '79 or '80 with you providing encouragement to me during a layup drill. How fun it was to be at the camp with you and Sam Worthen, Odell Ball, Larry Hatchett, etc. I'll never forget it...
Comment by Cheryl Mealey at Oct 20 2010 03:42 pm
Hank Raymonds is one of the finest men I've ever met in my life. I have the priviledge of knowing him personally as my brother is married to Hank's daughter. Hank is as great a family man as he is a coach. Watching him coach our nephew's basketball team was truly a treat. I've enjoyed walking with him in the annual "Al's Run" for Childrens Hospital several times. When I broke my knee Hank recommended a fabuous surgeon (who also idolizes Hank) and he "coached" me through the next year's walk commenting on my stamina and expressing his pride that I didn't have to stop and rest. (smile) The kindness he has displayed to everyone he meets is amazing. Hank (and all the Raymonds family) you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Wishing you all of God's blessings. Cheryl, Mike, Andrew & Chris
Comment by Terry Lawrence, DDS '68 Marq. at Oct 20 2010 10:19 pm
Aloha Coach Hank, Wishing you the best of good fortune with your health and your life's journey with God. I willl always remember each time I saw you at the NCAAs regionals, semis, or finals you always remembered me, from the dental school and playing on the intramural all-stars against the freshmen team.
You have always been a very special person to everyone who crossed your path in life. You are so God like in your caring and treating of fellowman. You are in his Hands, and someday say hi to Coach Al and I hope to see you in heaven down the line. Thankyou for your life's contirbution to Marquette, basketball, your players and their graduating, and to all the rest of us who had the superb pleasure of knowing you a little. Imua = go forward in Hawaiian, with God. Terry 'Doc' Lawrence
Comment by Jim Marrs, Class of '68 at Oct 21 2010 10:07 am
I did not personnally know you (or Al) but I had the good fortune to begin my Marquette education the same year ('64) that the Al & Hank team did. By the time I graduated in '68 the two of you had put Marquette on the national basketball map. While that is impressive, most impressive is the "endowment" you have given to Marquette as evidenced by the comments and stories of your former athletes, family, friends and students. It is not millions of dollars or a building donated with your name on it but rather it is the lives of the thousands of students (athlete and non-athlete) whose lives you made a postive impact on both directly and indirectly at Marquette. There is nothing in life more important then that! I pray that you will overcome this current challenge and continue your legacy to Marquette!
Comment by Mark Edmund at Oct 21 2010 02:16 pm
Great tribute. This must have been thought of before and I missed it. How about a "Hank's Night" for one of men's basketball games this season?
Comment by Randy Brown at Oct 21 2010 06:06 pm
I didn't attend Marquette Univ., but I worked with his daughter, Carol, in Chicago for many years. My wife and I were fortunate to attend Carol's wedding to Steve and for the first time I met Hank and Ginny Raymonds. What a class act he and Ginny were and a proud father with a very suppotive family. I didn't know Hank Raymonds that well...in fact, that was the only time I met him, but he sure had that certain aura about him that is hard to describe, but easy to understand. After reading all the accolades about Hank Raymonds, I'm sorry I didn't know him better or attend Marquette University. "Hank, your family, friends, and fans will never forget what you brought to game of basketball and to life itself!"
Comment by David Kujawa, PT '80 at Oct 21 2010 06:46 pm
Coach, I was a freshman during the NCAA Championship season in 1977. I will always remember the picture of you and coach McGuire on the bench that was taken as the clock ran down in the champinship game. Thank you for all that you have done for the university and for the students. May God bless you always. You are in our prayers.
Comment by Jim Jurewicz at Oct 22 2010 11:24 am
Thank you , Coach Hank Raymonds, for making Marquette one of the most respected basketball programs in the world and being a mentor to the some of the most admired players in the sport. I am proud to have been a witness to your legacy.
God Bless You.
Comment by Susie LaBissoniere Mueller at Oct 22 2010 01:44 pm
Mr Raymonds, In the eyes of the children of your neighborhood you were alway the man we loved. You cared for all of us. You also were well respected by your friends and neighbors. I thank you for all the fond memories I have of running through your yard, dancing at my wedding (30 years this Nov) and a familiar face at Dad's funeral. You are in my prayers and will always be in my memory. Love Susie
Comment by Gary Brell at Oct 23 2010 01:33 pm
I'd like to thank Hank for all the concerns and tribulations that I put him through when I played at MU. He was always there for all of us. The life and basketball game plans we had were the best and usually came from Hank's mind and then Al added his brush strokes. We, the players, just filled in the colors according to the paint by numbers layout. I hope that you have to tune those hearing aids for a long time.
Comment by Henry F. Roepke, D.D.S. at Oct 23 2010 07:48 pm
Coach Hank, since the 1960's I have enjoyed your presence and your friendship One of my great pleasures was conversing with you through the many basketball games and events. Coach, I hope that your continued life will be most stable and enjoyable! Our love and prayers are with you.
Comment by John Stollenwerk at Oct 26 2010 07:59 am
Hi Coach Hank! I have great memories of working with you when I was a graduate student in Speech as a TA under Hugo Hellman. We worked with some of your players and perfected their public speaking skills. Coach, you are fondly remembered in my MU life as a student and teacher. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Comment by David Leigh at Oct 27 2010 11:43 am
Coach,
I will always remember you for hiring me 27 years ago at Marquette. It has been a great run so far. I will remember your kind words to me many times. My best wishes and prayers are with you and your family.
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