Charles Rayne

Indian River High School boys' basketball legend Charles Rayne will be inducted into this year's class of the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame.

Charles Edward Rayne was a well-known basketball talent back in the early 1980s in the state of Delaware. He was the star of the Indian River High School’s boys’ basketball team during that time.

Rayne, along with another player and a coach from the Henlopen Athletic Conference, are among 10 people who will be inducted into this year’s class of the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame.

Rayne, who resided in Frankford during his days at IR, was a 6-foot, 5-inch guard/forward who was among the best the state had to offer back in those days, helping to lead the Indians to back-to-back state championships in the 1980 and 1981 seasons. During his time at IR, he was the first player in the state of Delaware to be named a Top 10 player three times, while earning All-State first-team honors twice.

Those two state titles, to this day, are the only state championships won by an IR boys’ basketball team in the school’s history.

After his days wearing green and gold, Rayne accepted a scholarship to play at Temple University in Philadelphia. There, he would help lead the Owls to berths in the NCAA tournament. He was named to the first-team All-Atlantic 10 during his senior year.

Over the course of his collegiate career, Rayne scored more than 1,000 points — 1,131 to be exact — in 107 total games. He averaged 10.6 points per game, with 5.9 rebounds per game. He shot better than 50 percent from the field. Rayne finished his career at ninth in career shooting percentage, as well as 18th in rebounds.

During his senior year, Rayne and the Owls won their first round NCAA tournament game over Virginia Tech before falling to John Thompson’s Georgetown. It was one of many battles between the two schools and two iconic coaches in Thompson and Temple’s John Chaney, both of whom are Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees.

During his junior season, Rayne came off the bench for the Owls during the NCAA tournament in both of their games. Another first-round win, that time over New York’s St. John’s, would lead to a showdown with another legendary coach, from the University of North Carolina, named Dean Smith. Rayne and the Owls dropped that game to the Tar Heels.

Rayne, who now calls Georgia home, was drafted into the NBA by the Phoenix Suns in the sixth round of the 1985 draft. He was the 124th overall pick that year, and was the second Philadelphia college player drafted by the Suns that year as they also selected Villanova’s Ed Pinckney in the first round (10th overall).

While Rayne did not wind up playing for the Suns or in the league, he remains just one of just 37 players from Temple to ever get drafted into the NBA, dating all the way back to 1952.

(The Coastal Point’s attempts to reach Rayne, who was also inducted into the Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2014, were unsuccessful.)

Also joining Rayne in this year’s Hall of Fame class are former HAC player Tyresa Smith (Polytech) and coach Jerry Kobasa, who led the programs at Smyrna and Sussex Technical high schools, as well as Wesley College.

Those three are joined by former high school baseball coaches Mel Gardner (William Penn) and Tom Lemon (St. Mark’s); award-winning Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith; college football coach and administrator Jack Gregory; ex-high school football coach George Kosanovich (Wilmington, McKean, Concord); Wilmington Track Club founder Art Madric and multi-sport athlete Lou Romanoli.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Hall of Fame banquet has been moved from the spring to Oct. 14. It will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Staff Reporter

Jason has been in journalism for 20 years. He moved to Coastal Delaware in August 2017 with his wife, Jessica, and their daughters, Kylie, 17, and Grace, 12. He has a passion for high-school sports and especially values the relationships that builds.