STORRS, CT (February 12) Heading into his eighth season as head coach of the University of Connecticut mens soccer team, Ray Reid has maintained a national level of excellence for the soccer program. The new NCAA Division I mens soccer coaches records were released as of the end of the 2003-04 season and Reid faired high in several of the categories.
Reid has been in the collegiate coaching ranks for 15-years and has an overall record of 254-55-25 (.798). He spent his first eight seasons at Division II Southern Connecticut State University with a 146-17-15 (.862) record and then came to Connecticut for the 1997 season and currently has a 108-38-10 (.724) mark.
In the NCAA rankings, Reid became the leader in the Division I Winningest Active Coaches Percentage category after the 2003 season. Ranking second behind Reid is Southern Methodists Schellas Hyndman with a .773 percentage and BIG EAST opponent St. Johns head coach Dave Masur with a .748 percentage. He stands in 12th-place among All-Time Winningest Coaches Percentage and is 21st among Division I Winningest Active Coaches by Wins. All three categories are based upon five or more years at a NCAA institution.
The category of Division I Winningest Coach All-Time by Percentage at the Division I level would place Reid 22nd overall but in order to be named in the record book a coach must be at a Division I institute for 10 or more years. His overall record of 108-38-10 at UConn yields a .724 percentage.
In 2003, Reid led the Huskies to a record of 9-8-4 overall and 5-3-2 in the BIG EAST Conference securing solid wins over nationally-ranked Indiana, Boston College and Virginia Tech. The Huskies earned its league-leading 19th berth and ninth straight into the BIG EAST Championship. UConn also secured its 24th overall NCAA Tournament berth and sixth consecutive. The Huskies were again national contenders in attendance and was No. 2 in the nation for the 2003 season in average home attendance and No. 3 in total home attendance records. For the last six seasons, Reid and the Huskies have ranked in the nations top three for home average attendance and have been first for four of the last six years in overall home attendance.