Journal Inquirer Staff
Itâ€™s the end of an era for the UConn menâ€™s soccer team.
After leading the Huskies for the past 25 seasons, coach Ray Reid announced his retirement Thursday afternoon.
â€śMy time at UConn has been a fantastic experience both professionally and personally,â€ť Reid said in a press release. â€śUnfortunately, my mother and father continue to experience health challenges and I want to be there for them as much as possible.
â€śIâ€™ve been blessed to work with great assistant coaches and fantastic players. I have also been afforded the opportunity to learn from and interact with some of the top coaches in the country on a daily basis here in Storrs. UConn Nation has always been good to me and our student-athletes and I want to thank everyone, including administrators, support staff and facilities staff, who have worked tirelessly to benefit UConn menâ€™s soccer.â€ť
Reid finishes his 33-season coaching career - eight at Southern Connecticut State, 25 at UConn - with a record of 457-149-78.
The Brentwood, New York native guided his teams to 25 NCAA tournament berths, and four national titles - three for the Owls, one for the Huskies.
He was also named national coach of the year in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 2000.
Reid took over the Huskies in 1997. Over the next 25 seasons, he posted a 311-132-63 record with the school.
He guided UConn to nine conference regular season titles, four conference tournament championships and the 2000 NCAA Division I national title.
The Huskies finished the 2000 campaign 20-3-2, topping Creighton 2-0 in the championship game to earn the programâ€™s third national title.
In all, UConn earned 18 NCAA tournament berths under Reid, posting a 24-12-7 record. The Huskies advanced to the quarterfinals seven times and the semifinals twice during Reidâ€™s tenure.
Forty-six Huskies that played under Reid went on to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, including three No. 1 selections.
Additionally, 19 of Reidâ€™s former players or assistant coaches are coaching at the Division I level, including 10 active head coaches.
Reidâ€™s contributions have gone beyond the playing field during his coaching career, however. In Sept. 2020, Reid and the United Soccer Coaches Foundation created the Ray Reid Family Fund, an annual scholarship that allows a minority coach to attend either a United Soccer Coaches training course, or the organizationâ€™s annual convention.
The scholarship was previously only available to minority coaches at the collegiate level. With Reidâ€™s retirement, however, the scholarship will now be available to minority coaches at any level.
â€śOn behalf of UConn Nation, I would like to express my gratitude to coach Reid for his 25 years as the leader of our menâ€™s soccer program,â€ť UConn athletic director David Benedict said in the release. â€śRay Reid is synonymous with UConn menâ€™s soccer and the programâ€™s tremendous achievements over the last 25 years can be directly attributed to coach Reidâ€™s dedication, expertise and passion.
Coach Reid is a national champion, and part of the group of UConn coaches who established a culture of excellence here in Storrs. He has made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of student-athletes and I wish he and his family all my best.â€ť
Prior to taking over the Huskies, Reid coached at Southern, his alma mater, from 1989-1996. He amassed a 146-17-15 record at the school, leading the Owls to NCAA Division II national championships in 1990, 1992 and 1995.
Reid played a year at Suffolk Community College before moving to Southern in 1980. In his three seasons with the Owls, Reid was a three-year starter and two-time captain.
Southern went 48-11-3 in that span, reaching the national semifinals all three years and advancing to the national title game in 1982.
Reid went on to serve as an assistant at Southern under Bob Dikranian from 1983-1988, helping the team to the 1987 national title.