Marquette director of athletics Katie Collignon announced Monday that Ray Tarnow has been promoted to head boys basketball coach effective immediately. Tarnow had served as assistant coach with the Blazers since 2016.
“As I considered the next individual to lead the program, I needed someone to address three areas: academics, conduct, and compliance. After speaking with Ray, I’m confident he’s the right person to bring the program back on track in those areas while maintaining a strong, competitive team on the court,” Collignon said.
Tarnow has dedicated over two decades to the education field, serving as a teacher at Crown Point High School for 22 years. During his tenure there, Tarnow spent four seasons as the head junior varsity coach/varsity assistant football coach. On the basketball court, he coached the Bulldogs for six years, including four as junior varsity head coach/varsity assistant and two seasons as head coach of the freshmen team.
“I’m excited to lead this group of great young men. Marquette basketball has a great history, and I’m looking forward to putting my stamp on it going forward. It’s time to get to work,” Tarnow remarked.
“Ray’s wealth of experience and background in education-based athletics made him an ideal fit for the head coaching position. For the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to watch him cultivate young men on and off the court, and he represents the impact that strong leadership can make on student-athletes,” Collignon continued.
Tarnow is a graduate of Purdue University. He and his wife, Michelle, have two sons: Jake ‘20 and Adam ‘23. Jake graduated from Marquette earlier this month and will continue his academic and basketball career at Wabash College in the fall. The Tarnows reside in Valparaiso.