Ray Reid has directed UConn to one national championship and to 450 victories. (Photo courtesy of UCoon)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Brentwood, N.Y. native Ray Reid has been honored by the United Soccer Coaches Foundation.
It wasn’t an award, but a scholarship named in his honor: the Ray Reid Family Fund, named after the longtime University of Connecticut head men’s coach who has been an active member of United Soccer Coaches throughout his coaching career.
The fund, which includes an immediate contribution of $25,000 and a $75,000 estate gift, will provide an annual scholarship to a minority coach to attend either a United Soccer Coaches education course or the annual convention. The scholarship will be open to any minority coach at the college level until Reid retires from college coaching, at which time the scholarship will become available to minority coaches at any level of the game.
“Ray Reid’s generous donation to the United Soccer Coaches Foundation will enable the Foundation to support an annual educational coaching experience for a minority college coach,” foundation committee chair Jeff Vennell said in a statement. “It is a wonderful example of Ray’s dedication to coaching, coaching education, and the fund makes an important statement during the current national environment.”
Reid is set to begin his 24th season as the head coach of the UConn men’s team and his 32nd season overall as a college head coach. He has a 450-142-76 career record and his teams have claimed four NCAA Division I national championships, including the 2000 NCAA Division I national championship for the Huskies. Reid has directed UConn to 18 NCAA tournament appearances. The Huskies have won nine regular season conference championships and he is a four-time national coach of the year honoree.
“Our sport desperately needs more diversity in all of our coaching ranks,” Reid said in a statement. “Hopefully, this donation will help provide more opportunities for minority coaches to attend coaching education courses, furthering their ability to mentor and impact players while growing the game we all love. I also want to thank United Soccer Coaches for providing me a pathway to help others. The association does a fantastic job of engaging coaches and promoting soccer at all levels throughout the United States.”
Chris Gbandi, Northeastern University’s men’s head coach, was a member of 2000 UConn team.
“Coach Reid is a unique and special coach. His ability and willingness to create a welcoming and diverse program during his long and illustrious career at UConn will be one of his lasting legacies,” he said. “This annual scholarship in his name, given to a minority coach to attend either a United Soccer Coaches education course or the annual Convention, is further illustration of what he stands for as a person and coach. I’m so proud to have been coached by him.”
Reid has produced 41 Major League Soccer players during his tenure and over 25 of his former players and assistant coaches are coaching in the collegiate and professional soccer ranks.
“Coach Reid’s generosity in support of the United Soccer Coaches Foundation will expand opportunities for minority coaches to pass along their love of the game, paying it forward as Ray has done so graciously throughout his career,” United Soccer Coaches President Kevin Sims said. “We applaud Ray’s initiative to bring the beautiful game into deserving communities. This contribution moves our sport and our association toward the goal of universal access.”