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William Reinhart
File:William Reinhart.jpg
Reinhart from the 1934 Oregana
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1896-08-02)August 2, 1896
DiedFebruary 14, 1971(1971-02-14) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback
Head coaching record
Overall28–42–3 (football)
499–338 (basketball)
295–225–5 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Basketball
2 SoCon regular season (1954, 1956)
2 SoCon Tournament (1954, 1961)

Baseball
4 SoCon
Awards
Southern Conference Basketball Coach of the Year (1954)
Helms Basketball Hall of Fame (1956)
George Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame (1993)
University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame (1994)

William J. Reinhart (August 2, 1896 – February 14, 1971) was an American college basketball, football, and baseball coach at the George Washington University, the University of Oregon, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. From 1923 to 1935, he served as the head basketball coach at Oregon. He is the school's second-winningest coach with 180 victories. His record through 13 seasons at Oregon was 180–101. He suffered only one losing season. Largely due to his success, Oregon was forced to build McArthur Court to accommodate the large crowds that became fixtures for Ducks games on his watch.[1]

At George Washington, he compiled a 319–237 record in basketball, or .574 winning percentage, including a 23–3 season in 1953–54. His teams twice made the NCAA tournament, in 1954 and 1961, George Washington's only trips to the NCAA Tournament until Mike Jarvis's team in 1993.[2] Players he coached at George Washington included future Basketball Hall of Famer Red Auerbach and future National Basketball Association (NBA) players Joe Holup, Corky Devlin and Gene Guarilia[2] and at Oregon he coached Howard Hobson. Auerbach said Reinhart's coaching and fast break offenses were "15 years ahead of their time."[1]

Reinhart also was head football coach at George Washington and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, assistant football coach at Oregon, and head baseball coach at Oregon and George Washington.

Reinhart died of cancer on February 14, 1971, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C..[3] He was inducted into George Washington's athletic hall of fame in 1993.[2]

A collection of papers and memorabilia related to Reinhart is housed in the Special Collections Research Center of The George Washington University. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, certificates, and news clippings. The material ranges in date from 1920 to 1993.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit

FootballEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
George Washington Colonials (Independent) (1938–1940)
1938 George Washington 5–4
1939 George Washington 5–3
1940 George Washington 5–3–1
George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1941)
1941 George Washington 1–7–1 0–4–1 15th
George Washington: 16–17–2 0–4–1
Merchant Marine Mariners (Independent) (1946–1949)
1946 Merchant Marine 4–7
1947 Merchant Marine 2–9
1948 Merchant Marine 3–4–1
1949 Merchant Marine 3–5
Merchant Marine: 12–25–1
Total: 28–42–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

BasketballEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1923–1935)
1923–24 Oregon 15–5 4–4 3rd
1924–25 Oregon 15–5 7–2 T–1st
1925–26 Oregon 18–4 10–0 1st
1926–27 Oregon 24–4 8–2 1st
1927–28 Oregon 18–3 8–2 2nd
1928–29 Oregon 10–8 3–7 5th
1929–30 Oregon 14–12 8–8 3rd
1930–31 Oregon 12–10 6–10 4th
1931–32 Oregon 13–11 7–9 4th
1932–33 Oregon 8–19 2–14 5th
1933–34 Oregon 17–8 9–7 2nd
1934–35 Oregon 16–12 7–9 3rd
Oregon: 180–101 (.641) 79–74 (.516)
George Washington Colonials (Independent) (1935–1941)
1935–36 George Washington 16–3
1936–37 George Washington 16–4
1937–38 George Washington 13–4
1938–39 George Washington 13–8
1939–40 George Washington 13–6
1940–41 George Washington 18–4
George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1941–1942)
1941–42 George Washington 11–9 8–3 2nd
George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1949–1966)
1949–50 George Washington 17–8 12–4 T–2nd
1950–51 George Washington 12–12 8–9 10th
1951–52 George Washington 15–9 12–6 5th
1952–53 George Washington 15–7 12–6 9th
1953–54 George Washington 23–3 10–0 1st NCAA First Round
1954–55 George Washington 24–6 8–2 2nd
1955–56 George Washington 19–7 10–2 T–1st
1956–57 George Washington 3–21 3–9 9th
1957–58 George Washington 12–11 8–4 3rd
1958–59 George Washington 14–11 4–7 7th
1959–60 George Washington 15–11 7–5 5th
1960–61 George Washington 9–17 3–9 7th NCAA University Division First Round
1961–62 George Washington 9–15 6–7 4th
1962–63 George Washington 8–15 6–6 T–5th
1963–64 George Washington 11–15 5–7 6th
1964–65 George Washington 10–13 6–7 5th
1965–66 George Washington 3–18 3–9 9th
George Washington: 319–237 (.574) 131–102 (.562)
Total: 499–338 (.596)

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion

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