Raymond Lumpp is an Olympic Champion in Basketball (London, 1948), a former guard for the New York Knicks, long-time athletic director at the Club and a 1994 NYAC Hall of Fame inductee.
Lumpp was born on July 11, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY. In the early 1940s, Lumpp played basketball for the NYAC before entering the Army Air Force during World War II. Upon completing his service, Lumpp played for NYU, where he had been recruited by longtime coach Howard Cann.
In 1948, Lumpp was selected to play for the US Olympic team in the upcoming Games in London. Now known as the Austerity Games, the 1948 Olympics took place in a city still recovering from the horrors of World War II. Lumpp noted that there was rubble all over the city as a result of the Blitz. Nevertheless, he said that did not dampen the spirits of the hosts; “I have to admire the English people,” said Lumpp. “Everything they had, they shared with us.”
Lumpp led team USA to an undefeated record in the Games, including a decisive 65-21 victory over France in the gold medal game. According to Lumpp, Olympic officials approached the Americans at half time, with the US already winning by a comfortable margin, and asked them not to embarrass the French.
After the passing of NYAC athletic director Paul Pilgrim in 1958, Lumpp was hired in his stead. Pilgrim, a fellow Olympic Champion for the NYAC (he won three gold medals in track and field, in the 1904 and 1906 Olympic Games, respectively) had served as athletic director for almost 50 years. After assuming the position, Lumpp predicted that he too would last that long, taking the NYAC into the next century.
At the helm of NYAC athletics for almost five decades, Lumpp oversaw a period of great growth and achievement at the New York Athletic Club. Lumpp was also the organizer of the Vitalis/United States Olympic Invitational indoor meet at Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands, which attracted some of the best athletes in the world.
In 2007, Lumpp retired from the New York Athletic Club after serving 48 years as the athletic director.
In the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London – the city's first Olympic Games since Lumpp’s gold medal in 1948 – Mike Krzyzewski, coach of the US men’s basketball team, invited Lumpp to travel with the team as his guest. Krzyzewski hoped that Lumpp's sustained success after his basketball career would serve as an example to his players, all of whom played in the NBA.
Lumpp passed away on January 16, 2015 at the age of 91.