Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson

Ray's achievements in basketball are simply outstanding. These, combined with over 40 years of physical education teaching experience, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our youth of today, whether just starting out as a beginner or as a player at the domestic, club, state or international level.

Tomlinson has had a decorated playing career which included representing Australia at three Olympic Games and a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters. Following his playing career, Tomlinson quickly turned to coaching. He went on to serve on the coaching staff at two more Olympics and led the Melbourne Tigers WNBL team for many years, amassing 145 victories. His most notable achievement was leading the National Junior Women's team to the World Championships in 1993. This was Australia's first ever gold medal in basketball.

Below are the amazing basketball achievements of our Coach Ray Tomlinson.

As a Player

  • 1966–1976 Melbourne Tigers Basketball Club – Australia
  • 1968 Mexico Olympics
  • 1970 World Championships in Yugoslavia
  • 1972 Player – Munich Olympic Games
  • 1973 World Championships Puerto Rico
  • 1976 Montreal Olympics

As a coach with Australian teams

  • 1980 Assistant Coach, Australian Women's National Team – Qualifications for the Olympic Games in Moscow.
  • 1985 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's Team – 1st Junior World Championships, Colorado Springs, USA – 6th Place.
  • 1986 Assistant Coach, Australian Women's National Team – World Championships, Moscow, USSR.
  • 1988 Assistant Coach, Australian Women's National Team – Seoul Olympic Games.
  • 1989 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 2nd Junior World Championship, Bilbao, Spain – 3rd Place Bronze Medal.
  • 1993 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 3rd Junior World Championships, Seoul, Korea – 1st Place Gold Medal.
  • 1997 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 4th Junior World Championships, Natal, Brazil – 2nd Place Silver Medal.
  • 2001 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 5th Junior World Championships, Bruno, Czech Republic.

Domestic honours

  • 1977–1981 Head Coach, NBL Coburg Giants.
  • 1977 National Men's Club Champions – Coburg Giants.
  • 1979 National Men's Club Champions – Coburg Giants.
  • 1981–2006 CEO and Director of Melbourne Tigers Women's Basketball Club and Head Coach of Melbourne Tigers WNBL team to 2001.
  • 1997 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 4th Junior World Championships, Natal, Brazil – 2nd Place Silver Medal.
  • 2001 Head Coach, Australian Junior Women's National Team – 5th Junior World Championships, Bruno, Czech Republic.
  • 1994 WNBL Coach of the Year.
  • 1995/96 Life Member WNBL.
  • 1994 WNBL Coach of the Year.
  • 2006 Basketball Australia Hall of Fame
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