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Ohio House resolution honors Coach Dick Reynolds
State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Bob Hackett (R-London) presented a resolution to Dick Reynolds (right), retiring coach from Otterbein University.
(Posted March 23, 2012)
State Representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Bob Hackett (R-London) presented a resolution to Dick Reynolds, retiring coach from Otterbein University. The resolution honors his many accomplishments.
As head coach of Otterbein University’s basketball team, Reynolds established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the 109-year history of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). Over the course of his career, he accrued more than 650 victories and was named OAC Coach of the Year nine times.
Reynolds is no stranger to the tournament circuit. He led his teams to 11 OAC regular season championships, eight OAC tournament championships, 13 NCAA Division III tournament appearances, and three NCAA Division III Final Four appearances. Reynolds reached the pinnacle of his career during the 2001-02 season, guiding the Otterbein Cardinals to their first national championship.
A native of London, Reynolds graduated from Otterbein in 1965 after earning four letters each in football, basketball and track. He then returned to his hometown and taught seventh-grade science while serving as an assistant coach in football, basketball and track at the high school. He was inducted into the London Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
Hackett, also a London native, spoke highly of Reynolds: “Growing up in a small town—London Ohio—there are people who are your heroes, people you aspire to follow.”
Hackett described Reynolds as coming from a line of, “phenomenal people, phenomenal athletes” and “tremendous role models.”
Aside from his coaching career, Reynolds served three years in the U.S. Air Force as a personnel services officer in charge of recreation. His service teams compiled a 38-10 record.
Reynolds and his wife, Ellen, live in Westerville. They have two children and five grandchildren.
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