Veteran Bucknell Coach, Administrator Craig Reynolds to Retire
March 2, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Craig Reynolds, who is in his 38th year as a member of the Bucknell athletics staff and his seventh as assistant director of athletics for facilities and games management, has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2004-05 academic year.
A well-known face around campus for the last four decades, Reynolds was best known for his 32-year stint as the Bison's head men's soccer coach. He compiled a 238-212-36 (.527) record, making him the most successful soccer coach ever at Bucknell. His teams enjoyed 15 winning seasons, including three consecutive 10-win campaigns and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1974-76. The Bison went 12-1-2 in 1974, won the East Coast Conference title, earned a national ranking and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In 1976 he was named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Reynolds' team also won a Middle Atlantic Conference crown in 1969, posting a 10-1-2 record. In 1993, his Bison squad advanced to the Patriot League championship match, losing an overtime heartbreaker to Army.
Reynolds served on the NCAA Men's Soccer Committee and chaired the Mid-Atlantic NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Selection Committee from 1982-85. At the time of his retirement from active coaching in 1998, his 32-year tenure was the longest of any Division I head coach in any sport.
Reynolds also coached track and field (1968-70) and men's tennis (1971-92) at Bucknell. The Bison shattered eight track and field records under Reynolds' watch, but when longtime tennis coach Hank Peters passed away in 1970, Reynolds vacated his track and field post and began what would become a very successful 22-year tenure as men's tennis coach. Reynolds' successor as track and field coach was Bucknell Athletics Hall of Famer Art Gulden.
Reynolds holds the distinction of being one of only three coaches in the school's history to post 100 victories in two different sports (238 in soccer and 169 in tennis).
"Craig Reynolds has been one of the pillars of Bison Athletics for nearly 40 years," said director of athletics and recreation John Hardt. "His contributions to the program are immeasurable, and he has enriched the lives of countless student-athletes and colleagues during his remarkable tenure at Bucknell. I would personally like to thank Craig for his tremendous service to Bucknell Athletics and wish him all the best in his retirement."
A 1965 graduate of West Chester University, Reynolds captained the soccer and golf teams and ran middle distance events for the track and field program. While an undergraduate for the Golden Rams, he was named an All-American in soccer and was named the school's outstanding senior athlete in 1965.
A Lancaster, Pa., native, Reynolds earned a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966 and joined Bucknell's physical education staff as an instructor in 1967. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1971.