Jan. 7, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut Men’s Soccer Coach Ray Reid will be the recipient of a prestigious Gold Key when the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance holds its 73rd annual awards dinner on April 27 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.
Reid will join a nationally-known list of previous honorees who have received the state’s highest athletic award including: President George Bush, Connie Mack, Willie Pep, Jim Calhoun, Geno Auriemma, Nancy Stevens, Dee Rowe, and Joe Morrone.
Reid, the winningest active coach in NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer, holds a 25-year overall collegiate head coaching record of 394-97-61, a 76.9% winning effort.
His brilliant collegiate head coaching resume includes just two stops---8 years at his alma mater Southern Connecticut State University (1989-96) and the past 17 years as head coach at UConn (1997-2013).
Reid’s success story at UConn includes 17 consecutive winning seasons and 16 consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship Tournament. In addition, the UConn men’s soccer program has been ranked in the National Top 25 in 14 of the past 17 seasons.
Reid’s 17-year record at UConn stands at 248-80-46 (72.5%) and has been highlighted by winning the 2000 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Soccer National Championship. UConn posted an overall record of 20-3-2 during its national championship run. In five NCAA victories en route to the NCAA title, UConn outscored its opposition 10-2, including matching 2-0 victories in both the national semifinals and finals.
In all, Reid’s head coaching career includes four NCAA National Championships---the 2000 NCAA Division I title won while at UConn and three NCAA Division II National Championships won during his head coaching tenure at Southern Connecticut State University (1990, 1992, 1995).
Following the 2000 National Championship season, Reid was named the NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year. He was also named National Coach of the Year three times while at Southern Connecticut (1990, 1992, 1994).
In his 25 years as a college head coach, Reid has led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 23 times, including the past 16 consecutive seasons at UConn. His overall NCAA Tournament post-season record is 34-13-10 (12-3-3 at SCSU, 22-10-7 at UConn).
In addition to the four NCAA Championships and eight “Final Four/College Cup” appearances his teams have earned, Reid has also coached his teams to the NCAA National Quarterfinals in 13 different seasons.
Earning a bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament has been an annual occurrence for the UConn men’s soccer program since 1998 and the Huskies of coach Reid have advanced to the NCAA National Quarterfinals in seven different seasons---including each of the past three years (2011, 2012, 2013).
In Reid’s 17 seasons directing the UConn program a total of 16 different soccer stars have earned All-American recognition. In addition, the sustained success of the UConn men’s soccer program under Reid has resulted in 29 Husky standouts being drafted in the Major League Soccer (MLS) annual draft of young soccer stars (1999-2013).
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 his eight seasons at SCSU, Reid led the Owls to three NCAA Division II National Championships (1990, 1992, 1995), a total of six appearances in the NCAA Division II Final Four/College Cup and an eight-year overall record of 146-17-15, a winning percentage of 86.2%.
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. Following graduation from SCSU, Reid served as top assistant at his alma mater from 1983-88 before replacing Bob Dikranian (a Gold Key Award honoree) as head coach in 1989.
Joining Reid as recipients of 2014 Gold Keys from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance are Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, New Britain Rock Cats President and CEO Bill Dowling, West Haven High School football coach Ed McCarthy and Branford High School field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk.
Tickets to the Gold Key Awards Dinner on April 27 (3:30 p.m.) at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington are $75. To obtain tickets, mail a check or money order to Gold Key Dinner, Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance, P.O. Box 70, Unionville, CT 06085. For more information about the event, contact Sports Writers’ Alliance Vice President Matthew Conyers at (860) 874-4166.