William A. Reid

Enshrined 1963
Chicago, IL
September 26, 1893 - October 30, 1955


A man of strong integrity and leadership skills, player, college administrator, and coach William Reid made a major impact on the structure of basketball during its formative years. A former All-State basketball player who led his high school to a state title, Reid was a two-sport star at Colgate University. "Bill" returned to his alma mater as basketball coach from 1919 to 1928 and was known as an outstanding bench coach compiling an impressive 135-52 record. He became active in collegiate administration in 1936, beginning a 20-year tenure as Colgate's director of athletics. A valued member of several key organizations, Reid was the president of ECAC from1944-45 and vice president of the NCAA from 1942-46.

Career Highlights

Director of athletics, University of Detroit, 1919
Director of athletics, Colgate University, 1936-55
President, Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), 1944-45
Director ECAC Executive Council, 1945-49