PLANTSVILLE, Conn. - UConn men's soccer coach Ray Reid will receive the 2015 Jim Calhoun Community Service Award at the 30th Annual Franciscan Sports Banquet, which takes place on Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn.
Reid, who wrapped up his 18th season at Connecticut this past fall, will be one of four honorees at the banquet. National sports broadcaster Bill Raftery and Southern Connecticut State University professor Carolyn Vanacore will also be recognized as honored guests along with Scott Gray, who spent 34 years as a sports broadcaster at WTIC. Vanacore was an advisor to Reid, who earned his undergraduate degree at SCSU.
There will be a silent auction in addition to the banquet, and tickets to the event are set at $60 for adults and $30 for children. Those interested in attending the ceremony can reach out to the Franciscan Life Center via phone (203-237-8084) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Other past recipients include Connecticut men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie, Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist Al Terzi and former Executive Director of the University of Connecticut Medical Center Dr. Peter Decker.
The award began in 2005, and it was created to recognize public figures that actively participate in community service initiatives. Calhoun, who led the Huskies to three NCAA Championships during his 26-year coaching career at UConn, has been a longtime supporter of the Franciscan Life Center.
Reid will become the first UConn coach to receive the award since it was given to former men's basketball coach Dee Rowe three years ago. On the field, he has led the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the last 17 seasons, and this past fall he earned his 400th career win before guiding Connecticut to its 13th-ever Conference Regular Season Title. Reid, who boasts a career record of 404-103-64, helped UConn capture the American Athletic Coaching Staff of the Year Award in 2014.
Reid was won four National Championships in his collegiate career, and earlier this year UConn became the first program to have back-to-back top picks in the MLS SuperDraft when forward Cyle Larin was selected No. 1 overall by Orlando City. Former Connecticut standout goalkeeper Andre Blake was the top pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
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