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Head Coach Ray Reid
12th Season
Southern Connecticut '82

One of the marks of a great coach is the ability the continually grow, expand and adapt to team dynamics and the ever-changing atmosphere of college soccer. Head coach Ray Reid has continued to do that year after year, proving his status as one of the greatest coaches in the game. Despite falling a step short of the College Cup in 2007, Reid’s 11th season at the helm of the UConn men’s soccer team will go down as one of the most successful in program history. With record-breaking achievements and unprecedented levels of success for his players, Reid further established himself as one of the most dominant coaches in the BIG EAST, as well as in the nation.

The Huskies tallied a 20-3-1 record in 2007 en route to the BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championships and the NCAA Quarterfinals. Reid earned his 150th win at UConn when the Huskies defeated FIU, 1-0, Sept. 8 in the UConn/adidas Classic before going on to reach an even greater milestone – career win number 300 on Sept. 28 with a 3-0 win over rival St. John’s. With the sixth 20-plus win season of his career, Reid moved into 11th place among active coaches in total victories, despite being on the job eight years less than his next colleague. This year’s successes also solidify Reid’s position as the winningest active coach based on percentage (.780), an honor he has held for each of the last four years.

On the conference stage, no coach has been as dominant in the last decade as Reid. Through his first 11 years at the helm of the Huskies, he has amassed more wins than any other coach or program in the conference during the same period. He also holds the top spot among BIG EAST coaches in the number of conference regular season and tournament championships, as well as the number of players to earn All-American status, major conference awards and be drafted by Major League Soccer. In addition, he is the only BIG EAST head coach to capture a national championship since 1997.

In 19 years as a collegiate head coach, this intensely earnest and devoted leader and his teams have continually made history on the conference and national levels. In his 11 years at UConn and the previous eight seasons at his alma mater, Division II Southern Connecticut State University, Reid has built a record of 312-76-33 with a total of four national championships (1990, 1992, 1995 and 2000).

These stunning accomplishments over the years have not gone unnoticed. In addition to the numerous accolades collected by his players, Reid, too, has been consistently recognized by his peers for his efforts and continued successes at UConn. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 2000, the Northeast Division Coach of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2007 and was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 1998.

Ray Reid in the 21st Century
2007:
The 2007 season will go down as one of the best both on and off the field. UConn went 20-3-1, tallying the second most wins of any team in program history and spending a record 12 weeks ranked in the Top 5 (including the last nine in either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot). In addition, the Huskies earned the third BIG EAST Tournament Championship of the last four years after being named co-regular season champs with Notre Dame.

For all their success on the field, Reid’s players earned an unprecedented, though well-deserved, level of postseason recognition. O’Brian White, who led the NCAA in goals and points for much of the year, was named the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy winner, as well as a First Team All-America and the Soccer America Player of the Year, while Julius James joined White as an All-America honoree for the third straight year. White and James were also named the BIG EAST Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, bringing Reid’s number of major conference award winners to 18 – more than any other coach during his tenure.

In addition, James and Ryan Cordeiro were both selected in the MLS SuperDraft, increasing Reid’s number of Major League Soccer draftees to 17. James was drafted by Toronto FC with the ninth overall pick, while Cordeiro went to DC United with the 33rd overall selection.

2006: The Huskies wrapped up Reid’s 10th season at UConn with a 10-7-2 record and their ninth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. They also made their 12th consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Tournament after completing the regular season in second place in the Blue Division with an 8-2-1 conference record, including an undefeated 5-0-1 mark away from Morrone Stadium. The BIG EAST coaches recognized the Huskies’ stellar in-conference play by voting Julius James the 2006 Defender of the Year and Toni Stahl this season’s Rookie of the Year, in addition to placing four others on All-BIG EAST Teams.

2005: Reid guided the Huskies to their second consecutive and sixth all-time BIG EAST Tournament Championship as well as the BIG EAST regular season championship in the Blue Division. This was just the second time that UConn has won both the BIG EAST regular season and the conference championships. The 1-0 victory over conference newcomer South Florida in the championship game earned UConn the conference bid into the NCAA tournament for the team’s eighth consecutive appearance. The Huskies earned a bye in the first round of play and defeated Stony Brook in the second round to advance to the third round. The team played Akron to a 3-3 tie in the game before falling in penalty kicks after two overtimes. UConn finished the season with a 16-3-2 overall record.

Following the 2005 run, Mpho Moloi and Willis Forko were taken in the MLS draft, raising Reid’s total draft selections to 15 in eight years and the sixth consecutive year that the head coach has sent players to the United States’ premier soccer league.

2004: Reid led the Huskies to their fifth BIG EAST Tournament Championship with a stunning 5-3 penalty kick decision over Seton Hall after playing to a 0-0 tie through double overtime. Additionally, the team made its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, where UConn posted a 2-1 overtime victory over Marist in NCAA first round action before coming up just short against Boston College in the second round, falling 1-0. After beginning the season 1-3-0, the team posted a strong run to end with a 12-8-3 record and a 5-4-1 ledger against conference foes.

Reid’s exemplary coaching continued to succeed in the off-season as Easton Wilson and Esteban Arias were both taken in the MLS draft, bringing the number of Reid’s total draft selections to 12.

2003: The season raised several challenges for Reid and the youthful Huskies with a hefty strength of schedule, UConn excelled earning their sixth consecutive and 24th overall NCAA Tournament berth in the 2003 College Cup. Led by only two seniors and a sea of underclassmen, the Huskies took wins over several ranked teams including No. 5 Indiana, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Boston College through the season. In the quarterfinals of the 2003 BIG EAST Tournament, Notre Dame knocked the Huskies out of contention, but a bid to the NCAA Tournament kept the Huskies chances alive. After a convincing 3-0 shutout over Rhode Island, UConn battled No. 6 St. John’s to a 0-0 tie sending the game in penalty kicks. St. John’s won 4-2 on penalty kicks in the shootout, ending the Huskies season with an even 8-8-3 overall record.

Reid also captured his 250th win as a head coach in 2003 and 100th victory at Connecticut. The Huskies shutout Virginia Tech, 2-0, on Oct. 8 allowing Reid to hit the 250-game milestone in only his 14th year as a head coach. On Sept. 5 in UConn’s first home game of the season, Connecticut defeated Boston University 1-0, giving Reid the century mark in wins at UConn.

2002: The Huskies earned their 18th appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament after posting a 7-3 league record. Ranked in the top 10 for most of the season, the Huskies fell to Boston College (3-2) in the finals of the BIG EAST Championship, after defeating St. John’s on penalty kicks in the semifinals. UConn notched its sixth-straight and 23rd overall bid into the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight before being knocked off by Maryland, 3-0. UConn completed the season with a 17-6 overall record.

2001: Reid and the Huskies captured their fourth-consecutive BIG EAST regular season title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament and ended the season with an overall 15-5-2 record and 9-1 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game falling to St. John’s (1-0) and then dropped a three-overtime 2-1 decision to Rutgers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2000: Reid and the Huskies brought home the 2000 NCAA Men’s College Cup Championship and posted 20 wins, the most since 1981 when the Huskies went en route to a national championship with a 20-3-2 record. UConn finished the season atop the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America Magazine polls. For his achievements, Reid was tabbed with NSCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and Northeast Regional Division I Coach of the Year honors.

From 1998 to the 2001 season, the Huskies captured consecutive regular season BIG EAST titles. Reid was named the 1998 BIG EAST Coach of the Year and the 1999 Northeast Division I Regional Coach of the Year. Through eight seasons, he has compiled an impressive mark of 120-46-13 (.707), including 92-35-11 mark in the past six years.

Named the eighth head coach of men’s soccer at the University of Connecticut on December 18, 1996, Reid took over the coaching reigns after directing the Southern Connecticut State University program to NCAA Division II national titles in 1990, 1992 and 1995. He led SCSU to six trips to the NCAA Division II ‘Final Four’, including a ‘Final Four’ berth each of his last five seasons at the school.

At Southern Connecticut
As head coach of Southern Connecticut for eight years, Reid amassed a number of accolades, including three National Coach of the Year awards. He led the Owls to three national championships in five years and the team advanced to the NCAA national semifinals six times under his direction. For his contributions to Southern Connecticut athletics as both a coach and a player, Reid was inducted into the Southern Connecticut State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

He received the head coaching nod in 1989, taking over for Bob Dikranian and in only his second year at the helm, the team won the first of his three national crowns, posting an unbeaten 22-0-1 record in 1990. Reid then led Southern Connecticut to another national championship with a 21-2-1 record in 1992 and the Owls would win the national title for the third time under Reid’s direction in 1995, posting a 21-1-1 record.

During the decade of the 1990s (1990-1996), Reid’s teams at Southern Connecticut lost only 10 games in seven years, posting an overall record of 132-10-14 (.891) and going unbeaten in both 1990 and 1994. In 1996, Southern Connecticut was ranked No. 1 in the nation in NCAA Division II circles as Reid led SCSU to a 20-1-1 record, losing its only game of the year in the national semifinal round.

Prior to being named head coach, Reid served as top assistant to then head coach Dikranian for six seasons (1983-1988).Throughout his full 17 years of association with the Southern Connecticut men’s soccer program as a player, assistant coach and head coach, he was part of an overall record of 288-50-32 (.821), four national championships, 12 trips to the NCAA Semifinals and 16 NCAA postseason berths.

As a Player
A scholastic soccer star at Brentwood High School (NY), Reid was an all-region selection at Suffolk Community College before transferring to Southern Connecticut prior to the 1980 season. While at Southern, he helped lead the team to a 46-13-3 record over three seasons, reaching the NCAA Semifinals during each of those campaigns (1980-82).

Reid, a native of Brentwood, N.Y., and a 1982 graduate from Southern Connecticut, was a three-year starter and a two-year captain for the Owls during his undergraduate years. Southern had a 46-13-3 record during that span with three NCAA national semi-final appearances.

Reid coached the Connecticut Under-17 Olympic Development team for four seasons and has also coached the Under-15 team as well as the USSF Under-13 1/2 Region One Select Team. He is a member of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association coaching staff and holds a USSF "A" coaching license.

OFF THE FIELD
Reid married the former Valerie Casares on May 31, 2008. He has two daughters, Cate (16) and Dannielle (14).

 


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