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William Reinhart
William  Reinhart

Coach - Basketball, Baseball & Football 1935-42, 1949-66 (Inducted 1993)


The late William J. Reinhart coached basketball, baseball and football at GW. While he compiled a 193-133 baseball record and a 16-17-1 mark in football, it was in basketball that he earned a national reputation as an outstanding coach. In 24 seasons - including seven- and 17-years stints (1935-42 and '49-66) - Reinhart's teams were 316-239. Two of the 16 winning seasons his teams achieved in his first 18 years were back-to-back 20 game winners: 23-3 and 24-6 in '54 and '55, respectively. His '54 and '61 squads earned trips to the NCAA postseason tournaments, the only times GW has competed in that tourney until the Colonials, under Mike Jarvis, advanced to the 1993 NCAA "Sweet 16."

Reinhart's teams won two basketball and four baseball championships in the Southern Conference. Among the hundreds of athletes he coached in three sports in nearly a quarter century on the Foggy Bottom campus included Boston Celtics' coaching great Red Auerbach and former pro basketball players Joe Holup, Corky Devlin and Gene Guarilia as well as Joe Gallagher, a local coaching legend at St. John's High School.

A champion throughout his athletic career, Reinhart was selected to the Helms Basketball Hall of Fame in 1956. In college, he quarterbacked Oregon in the 1919 Rose Bowl against Harvard and captained the Ducks' baseball and basketball teams during his senior year. In high school at Salem, Ore., he played on three state high school championship teams in baseball, two in basketball and one in football.