UConn defeated St. John's, 3-0, in the 2012 BIG EAST opener in front of 5,100 fans.
Career Record: 381-94-54/24 Seasons Record at UConn: 235-77-39/16 Seasons
HONOR ROLL > NCAA's 2nd Winningest Active Coach (pct.) entering 2012- .770 > Four National Championships > Eight National Semifinals >Eight BIG EAST Regular Season Titles > Four BIG EAST Tournament Titles > Four-Time National Coach of the Year
Head coach Ray Reid completed his 16th year at the helm of the University of Connecticut men's soccer program in 2012 and boasts a 381-94-54 career record in his 24 years as a collegiate head coach. Reid's record at UConn improved to 235-77-39 in 2012. He entered the 2012 campaign with the second highest winning percentage among active coaches in Division I soccer at .770.
In his 16 years at UConn and the previous eight seasons at his alma mater, Division II Southern Connecticut State University, Reid has led his squads to a total of four national championships (1990, 1992, 1995 - SCSU, 2000 - UConn).
In the BIG EAST Conference, no other coach has been as dominant as Reid in the last decade. Through his first 16 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.
These outstanding accomplishments over the years have not gone unnoticed as Reid 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.
The 2012 season was another successful one for Reid and the Huskies as the team advanced to the NCAA Final Eight and won the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. UConn played three home games in the 2012 NCAA tournament before capacity crowds and posted wins over Northeastern and New Mexico before falling to Creighton in the round of eight. The Huskies also advanced to the BIG EAST tournament semifinals. The trip to the NCAA tournament was the 15th consecutive for the Huskies.
Reid coached several players to major awards after the season as Andre Blake was named the BIG EAST Conference Goaltender of the Year and Carlos Alvarez was the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year. Alvarez and Blake were both repeat members of the NSCAA All-American team while Mamadou Doudou Diouf was named an All-American for the first time.
Four Huskies were selected in the 2013 MLS Draft -- highlighted by Alvarez as the second pick of the draft to Chivas USA while Jossimar Sanchez was the fourth pick by the New England Revolution.
The Huskies recorded a 19-3-3 overall record in 2011 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the 14th consecutive season, falling in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium to Charlotte in penalty kicks. UConn previously advanced to the BIG EAST Championship at Red Bull Arena but dropped a 1-0 result in overtime to long time rival St. John's.
Reid led several players to major individual awards throughout the year. Alvarez was named a NSCAA Second Team All-American while Blake took home NSCAA Third Team All-America honors. Blake was also named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the year. Blake was joined on the All-BIG EAST First Team by sophomore's Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Mamadou Doudou Diouf. Baptiste was crowned the league's BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year.
The Huskies went on to finish the season ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, having allowed just 10 goals at 0.38 per game. Connecticut set a program record with 16 shutouts on the year, including a remarkable stretch of nine straight spanning 961:32 from September 4 - October 12. UConn spent every week ranked in the top-25 of the national polls, sitting in the No. 1 spot for four weeks. UConn extended its home unbeaten streak to 25 games and enters the 2012 season with the second longest active unbeaten streak at home.
UConn battled to an overall record of 12-2-6 in 2010 en route to its 31st overall and 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Despite falling to Brown 7-6 in a shootout in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, UConn achieved multiple accolades in 2010, including two major BIG EAST Conference individual honors. UConn's Josh Ford was named the 2010 BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, while Tony Cascio earned the honor of BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Eight members of the 2010 Huskies were named to All-BIG EAST teams.
Led by Reid, UConn allowed just seven goals on the year to mark the lowest number of goals allowed in a single-season in program history other than the 1948 NSCAA Championship season, a year in which the men's soccer program played in only 11 games and allowed four goals.
In 2010, the Huskies spent every week ranked in the top-25 of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll, finishing the regular season ranked ninth in the country. The Huskies moved as high as No. 2 on Oct. 5 after opening the year unbeaten at 7-0-2, with wins over the then-nationally ranked No. 22 USF and No. 9 Boston College. During that run, UConn battled No. 15 Harvard to a 1-1 tie in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies' finished the season with an 8-0-3 mark when playing at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
In Division I men's soccer, UConn was ranked No. 1 in goals against average (0.28) and save percentage (.914) at the conclusion of the regular season. The Huskies also led the BIG EAST Conference in points (115), goals (36), goals per game (2.12), goals against average (0.28) and shutouts (12). Individually, Carlos Alvarez finished the regular season leading the conference with 12 assists and 0.71 assists per game. Josh Ford led the league in GAA with a 0.29 mark and in save percentage at .912.
In 2009, the Huskies tallied an 11-4-4 record, while the squad won their 11th BIG EAST Regular Season title. With the successful season, the Huskies made their 30th overall and 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
After falling short of the College Cup in 2007, Reid's 12th season in 2008 as the leader of the Huskies was one in which saw the Huskies battle their way into post season play after losing some key players to injuries. The Huskies made their mark in the NCAA Tournament, climbing to third round action after defeating Fairfield at home and No. 10th seeded Virginia on the road.
Despite being just shy of the quarterfinal round with a loss to No. 7th seeded Creighton, UConn recorded its 12th winning season under the leadership of Reid, including its 11th and fourth straight season with 10-plus wins.
RAY REID IN THE 21ST CENTURY
2009: The Huskies won their 11th BIG EAST Regular Season title as they were crowned the Blue Division Champions of the BIG EAST Conference. UConn's overall record of 11-4-4 and BIG EAST mark of 8-3-2 put UConn in its 30th overall and 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Toni Stahl was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, while fellow senior Kwame Watson-Siriboe was named BIG EAST Co-Defender of the Year for their efforts. As a freshman, Carlos Alvarez earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors to round out the successful group.
2008: Reid led the Huskies to an 11-5-6 record and their 11th straight trip to the NCAA Tournament as they made the BIG EAST Championship Tournament for the 14th consecutive year. The Huskies spent the entire season ranked among the top-25 in selective polls while five players earned BIG EAST honors at the conclusion of the regular season.
For his dominating performances in his 14 games played, O'Brian White earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading the Huskies with six goals and 14 points as well as being nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and the 2008 M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. Toni Stahl joined White as an All-BIG EAST First Team member, while teammates Akeem Priestley and Oscar Castillo earned spots on the second and third teams, respectively. Mike Pezza also was recognized for his successes as he earned honorable mention status.
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.
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 (20) and Dannielle (18).
Ray Reid Coaching Tree
University of South Florida - Head Men's Soccer Coach
University of Denver - Head Men's Soccer Coach
University of Connecticut - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Penn State University - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
University of South Florida - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Xavier University - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Wake Forest - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Gwinnett College - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
University of Hartford - Men's Soccer Head Coach
New Jersey Institute of Technology - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Columbia University - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Sacred Heart University - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Fairfield University - Head Women's Soccer Coach
Bridgeport University - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Yale University - Head Women's Soccer Coach
University of Hartford - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Holy Cross - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Penn State University/Abington -Head Men's Soccer Coach
Philadelphia University - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
Mercy College - Head Men's Soccer Coach
Columbia University - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach
University of New Haven - Head Men's Soccer Coach
New York Red Bull - Head Coach
Columbus Crew - Technical Director
New York Red Bull - Director of Professional Scouting
Juan Carlos Osorio
Chicago Fire - Head Coach
New York Metrostars - Head Coach
Manchester City (EPL) Assistant Coach
Millonarios + Atletico Nacional (Colombia) - Head Coach