Men's soccer coach appreciates the tradition and pride of program.
The Huskies conluded their 2015 season with a 10-6-6 overall record after a 1-0 setback on Sunday afternoon
Junior co-captain Kwame Awuah was tabbed as The American's Co-Midfielder of the Year on Thursday
The former UConn striker compiled 17 goals in his first season for Orlando City
The UConn men's soccer coach earned the honor at the Franciscan Sports Banquet on Tuesday
UConn vs BU NCAA 1st Round (photo by Stephen Slade)
UConn vs SMU Men's Soccer
UConn v Tulsa Men's Soccer
UConn vs Cincinnati Men's Socer
UConn vs Rutgers Men's Soccer
Career Record: 425-116-71/28 Seasons
Record at UConn: 279-99-56/20 Seasons
> NCAA's Second Winningest Active Coach (pct.) at the conclusion of 2016 (.752)
> Four National Championships
> Eight National Semifinals
> Nine Conference Regular Season Titles
> Four Conference Tournament Titles
> Four-Time National Coach of the Year
As he continues to build on his remarkable head coaching resume, University of Connecticut head coach Ray Reid has already established himself as one of the most successful active head coaches among all of NCAA Division I college soccer.
Preparing to enter his 21st season as head coach of the UConn men's soccer program and his 29th year as a collegiate head coach, Reid has unquestionably stood the test of time as one of college soccer's legendary leaders.
Reid has led the funding efforts at UConn, helping to raise over $11 million dollars for the program’s new soccer complex and also played an integral role in securing an $8-million-dollar donation from former Husky student-athlete Tony Rizza. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin in December of 2016.
The 2016 Huskies completed the season with an 11-7-1 record, qualifying for the four-team American Conference Championship. Six Huskies were honored by the conference at the end of the season, including First Team All-Conference honors awarded to Kwame Awuah, Jake Nerwinski and Abdou Mbacke Thiam. The Huskies played a grueling slate, playing six teams that qualified for the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including NCAA National Quarterfinalists Louisville and Providence.
In 2015, Reid was honored with the Jim Calhoun Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals that are active in community outreach programs. Reid has been a longtime supporter of the Franciscan Life Center. Additionally, Reid was a 2014 Gold Key recipient, as award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.
The 2015 Huskies finished with a 10-6-6 overall record, advancing to the finals of the American Athletic Conference championship and earning their 17th NCAA Tournament berth in the last 18 seasons. Four Huskies were honored by the conference following the regular season, including Co-Midfielder of the Year Kwame Awuah. With Awuah’s accolade, UConn has now boasted the league’s Midfielder of the Year in three-straight seasons. UConn concluded the season with wins in nine of its final 10 matches.
In 2014, Reid earned his 400th career victory and led UConn to its 13th-ever conference regular season title and its first American Athletic crown. Reid and his staff were tabbed as the conference Coaching Staff of the Year after leading a Husky team (10-6-3) that finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak.
UConn ended its 2014 campaign unbeaten in 10 of its last 11 matches and reached the conference semifinals for the fourth-straight season. Reid, who has led Connecticut to nine regular season conference titles during his tenure, was named the NSCAA East Regional Coach of the Year.
The 28-year head coaching career of Reid includes just two stops----eight years at his alma mater Southern Connecticut State University (1989-1996) and the past 20 seasons at the University of Connecticut (1997-present).
Reid's 28-year record as a college head coach stands at 425-116-71, a 78.6% winning effort, which ranks him No. 2 in the nation in overall winning percentage among all NCAA active head coaches.
His brilliant head coaching resume includes four NCAA National Championships---the 2000 NCAA Division I National Championship at UConn, and the 1990, 1992 and 1995 NCAA Division II National Championships at Southern Connecticut State University.
In his 28 years as a college head coach, he has led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 24 times, including 17 of the last 19 seasons at Connecticut. Reid's overall NCAA Tournament post-season record is 35-14-10 (12-3-3 at SCSU, 23-11-7 at UConn). Reid's overall record as a college head coach in eight appearances in the NCAA "Final Four"/College Cup is 8-3-2 (6-2-2 at SCSU, 2-1 at UConn).
In addition to the four NCAA Championships and eight "Final Four/College Cup" appearances his teams have earned, he has also coached his teams to the NCAA National Quarterfinals in 13 different seasons (6 at SCSU, 7 at UConn).
His success story at UConn has included 20 consecutive winning seasons and 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the UConn men's soccer program has been ranked in the National Top 25 in 17 of the past 20 seasons.
In 2000, just four years into his head coaching tenure at Connecticut, the Huskies under Reid won the NCAA Division I National Championship. UConn posted an overall record of 20-3-2 on the year and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation. In its five NCAA victories en route to the national title, UConn outscored its tourney opponents 10-2, including matching 2-0 victories in both the national semifinals and finals.
In an ironic note, the final overall record of 20-3-2 for UConn's 2000 National Champions was the same record registered by Connecticut's other NCAA Division I National Champs. The 1981 UConn soccer team, coached by Joe Morrone, won its NCAA National Championship with an identical 20-3-2 record.
Following the 2000 NCAA National Championship, Reid was honored as the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year and UConn All-American Chris Gbandi was the recipient of the 2000 Hermann Trophy, recognizing him as the nation's top collegiate soccer star.
The Division I National College Coach of the Year honor for Reid was the fourth time he had been the recipient of collegiate soccer's top coaching award. He also was honored in three separate seasons as the Division II National Coach of the Year during his head coaching tenure at Southern Connecticut State University (1990, 1992, 1994).
In 1999, Coach Reid and his UConn squad gave college soccer followers a glimpse of future success by winning both the regular season and tournament titles in the Big East Conference, posting three NCAA wins to advance to the NCAA College Cup, and finally bowing out in a four overtime 2-1 NCAA National Semifinal match against Santa Clara. The Huskies finished the year 19-5-0 overall and were ranked No. 4 in the nation.
Under his guidance, Connecticut's soccer program has also recorded outstanding success in conference play, both during the regular season and in league tournament play. UConn won eight Big East Conference regular season titles under the leadership of Reid and the Huskies recorded an overall regular season record of 110-39-16 in its final 16 years of Big East play. In addition, UConn won the Big East Tournament four times while posting a 21-11-2 mark in Big East tourney play.
During a four-season span from 2004-2007, UConn men's soccer won three Big East Conference Tournament titles (2004, 2005, 2007) and added a pair of league regular season crowns (2005, 2007).
The 2007 season saw UConn win both the regular season and tournament titles in the Big East Conference and the Huskies won a pair of NCAA Tournament matches, advancing to the national quarterfinals. The final record of 20-3-1 tied the school mark for the second most victories in a single season and the Huskies spent nine weeks during the year ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation. Junior standout O'Brian White won the Hermann Trophy, honoring him as the nation's top collegiate star,
The Huskies made three consecutive trips to the NCAA National Quarterfinal round from 2011-13, sporting an overall record of 48-10-12 during that stretch.
In 2011, the Huskies were 19-3-3 overall, setting a single-season school record with 16 shutouts, allowing just 10 goals in 25 matches. UConn was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the final collegiate poll, advancing to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
In 2012, UConn recorded an overall record of 17-4-1, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the second consecutive season and finishing the year ranked No. 6 in the country.
In 2013, UConn concluded the season 12-3-8, recorded a 17-match unbeaten streak during the season and earned three NCAA tourney victories en route to gaining a berth in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.
In Reid's 20 seasons directing the UConn Men's Soccer program a total of 17 different UConn soccer stars have earned All-American recognition including six standouts who have been honored as First Team All-Americans (Maurizio Rocha-1998, Chris Gbandi-2000 & 2001, Julius James-2006 & 2007, O'Brian White-2007, Tony Cascio-2010, Andre Blake-2012 & 2013).
The sustained success of the UConn men's soccer program under head coach Ray Reid has allowed 36 UConn standouts to be recognized and drafted in the Major League Soccer (MLS) annual draft of young soccer stars (1999-Present). Most recently Jake Nerwinski (Seventh overall, Vancouver) and Kwame Awuah (16th, NYCFC) were selected in the First Round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
A total of 14 UConn players have been MLS First Round selections with 2000 National Player of the Year Chris Gbandi being the No. 1 pick in the First Round of the 2000 MLS Draft. In January of 2014, Andre Blake became the first goalkeeper to ever be selected No. 1 overall in the MLS SuperDraft after he was selected by the Philadelphia Union and striker Cyle Larin was taken No. 1 in 2015 by Orlando City, marking the first time any college program boasted back-to-back No. 1 overall selections.
Prior to being named head coach of men's soccer at the University of Connecticut on December 18, 1996, Ray Reid served as head coach of the Southern Connecticut State University men's soccer program for eight years (1989-1996).
In eight seasons at SCSU, Reid led the Owls to three NCAA Division II National Championships (1990, 1992 and 1995), a total of six appearances in the NCAA Final Four/College Cup, and an eight-year overall record of 146-17-15, a winning percentage of 86.2%.
During the decade of the 1990s (1990-1996) while at Southern Connecticut, Ray Reid's seven-year overall record leading the Owls included just 10 losses as his teams compiled an overall 7-year mark of 132-10-14, an .891 winning percentage, and the 1990 and 1994 teams were unbeaten.
The first NCAA National Championship recorded under the soccer guidance of Ray Reid came in Coach Reid's second season at Southern Connecticut (1990). In his final five years in charge of the Southern Connecticut State University men's soccer program (1992-1996) the Owls advanced to five consecutive NCAA "Final Four" appearances, winning their second and third National Championships (1992, 1995) and posting a stunning overall five-year record of 96-6-10.
In addition to SCSU's annual national-level success under Ray Reid, the Owls dominated play within the New England Collegiate Conference, recording an eight-year (1989-1996) regular season record of 52-5-5 in league play with five regular season titles and winning three of four NECC Tournament tiles (league tournament halted after 1992).
Reid was a three-time NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year (1990, 1992 and 1994) during his coaching tenure at Southern Connecticut.
Reid, a native of Brentwood, NY, was a scholastic soccer star at Brentwood HS (NY) and later an all-region selection at Suffolk Community College before transferring to Southern Connecticut prior to the 1980 season.
A 1982 graduate from Southern Connecticut, Reid was a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Owls during his undergraduate years. Southern had a 46-13-3 record during that span with three national semi-final tournament appearances under head coach Bob Dikranian.
Following graduation from SCSU, Ray Reid served as top assistant at his alma mater to Dikranian (1983-1988). During that period, Southern Connecticut posted an overall record of 96-20-14 and won the 1987 NCAA Division II National Championship.
In 1989, Ray Reid replaced Dikranian as head coach at Southern Connecticut and remained head coach for eight seasons. In Reid's 17 years of association with the Southern Connecticut men's soccer program (1980-1996) as a player, assistant coach and head coach, SCSU compiled an overall record of 288-50-32, an .821 winning percentage, four NCAA National Championships, 12 trips to the NCAA Division II "Final Four", and 15 NCAA post-season tournament berths. Reid was inducted into the Southern Connecticut State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
Reid coached the Connecticut U-17 Olympic Development team for four seasons and also coached the U-15 team as well as the USSF U-13f Region One Select Team. He is a member of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association coaching staff and holds a USSF "A" coaching license.
From 2011-14, Reid served on the NCAA men’s soccer committee.
Reid is married to the former Valarie Casares and has two daughters, Cate and Dannielle.
Reid Year-By-Year Coaching Record at UConn
1999: 19-5-0 #
2000: 20-3-2 *
2002: 16-6-1 ##
2007: 20-3-1 ##
2011: 19-3-3 ##
2012: 17-4-1 ##
2013: 12-3-8 ##
* National Champions
# NCAA Semifinals
## NCAA Quarterfinals
Ray Reid Coaching Tree
|Kevin Anderson||Columbia University -- Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Joe Barrosso||Sacred Heart University -- Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|David Castellanos||Penn State University/Abington - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Chris Gbandi||Northeastern University - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Bryheem Hancock||Radford University - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|George Kiefer||North Carolina State Univ. - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Robert Muuss||Wake Forest University - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Tim O'Donohue||Naval Academy - Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|Bo Oshoniyi||East Tennessee State University - Men's Soccer Head Coach|
|Rudy Meredith||Yale University -- Head Women's Soccer Coach|
|James O'Brien||Fairfield University - Head Women's Soccer Coach|
|Dane Brenner||Wake Forest University - Men's Soccer Associate Head Coach|
|Flo Liu||Presbyterian College - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach|
|Michael Mordocco||University of Massachusetts - Men's Soccer Associate Head Coach|
|Ken Pollard||Columbia University - Men's Soccer Assistant Coach|
|Will Thornton||- Men's Soccer Assistant Coach|
|Kris Bertch||Atlanta United - Academy Coach|
|Brian Bliss||Sporting KC - Director of Player Personnel
Chicago Fire - Technical Director
|Christian DaSilva||United States Soccer Federation - Technical Advisor
New York Red Bull - Director of Professional Scouting
|Paul McDonough||Atlanta United - Director of Soccer Operations
Orlando City - General Manager of Soccer Operations
|Juan Carlos Osorio||Mexican National Team- Head Coach
Chicago Fire - Head Coach
New York Metrostars - Head Coach
Manchester City (EPL) Assistant Coach
Millonarios + Atletico Nacional (Colombia) - Head Coach
|Mike Petke||Real Salt Lake - Head Coach
New York Red Bulls - Former Head Coach