Born in Washington DC, George played high school basketball for Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C. from 1958 to 1960. He was the point guard for a squad that won 55 games in a row and a pair of city titles, including the 1960 team, which many consider to be the best in the history of D.C. basketball. He continued playing in college at Villanova University where he led them to a pair NCAA tournament wins in 1962 and an NIT title in 1965.
George was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, but eschewed the NBA for a career in coaching. His career spanned five decades and included stops at Carroll, his alma mater; Gwynn Park High School, where he won a pair of state titles and was named coach of the year in Maryland. He continued at Georgetown University, where he assisted his former high school teammate, John Thompson as well as a stint at the University of the District of Columbia; and, ultimately, Sidwell Friends, where he coached the Quakers for 13 years.