State representatives honor coach Reynolds
COLUMBUS — 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.
- Ohio state representatives Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Bob Hackett (R-London) honored Otterbein men’s basketball coach Dick Reynolds with a resolution.
As head coach of Otterbein’s men’s basketball team, Reynolds, a London native, established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the 109-year history of the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).
Throughout his career he accrued over 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.
Reynolds graduated from Otterbein in 1965 after earning four letters each in football, basketball and track.
He then returned to his home town 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 Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.
Representative Hackett, a fellow London native, spoke with high regard recalling memories of growing up with Reynolds.
“Growing up in a small town, London Ohio, there are people who are your heroes, people you aspire to follow,” Hackett said. 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.