The best link ever
Created: 9/12/2014 10:23:43 PMReplies: 8
9/12/2014 10:23:43 PM - Long Suffering Fan
9/13/2014 12:34:33 AM - ELJ
Great find, LSF. Thanks much. While I knew the redoubtable Bill Reinhart had coached baseball as well as basketball at GW, I hadn't realized his two stints leading the hoops team totaled 17 years, making him still the dean of all GWU men's basketball coaches. (Believe Joe McKeown had 19 seasons with the women's team.). And incidentally, the only reason the men missed the NCAA's in that '54-'55 season was that Joe Holup chipped a heel bone in the first minute of the Southern Conferencve tournament finals against West Virginia. Showing how versatile he and the team was, Reinhart switched from his trandmark racehorse style of game to a slowdown, hold-the-ball attack (this was well before the 24-second clock). Led by Corky Devlin's 24 points, GW held the Mountaineers to a 46-46 tie at the end of regulation.
Holup begged to get back into the game for overtime, bad heel and all. Renihart agreed. Joe hobbled down court as GW won the overtime tip and fired a half-court bullet to him under the WVU basket ... and Joe, with zero lift, blew the snowbird layup. Holup returned to the bench, and West Virginia went on to win by 58-48 and got the slot in the NCAA's (we had beaten them in the regular season).
9/13/2014 12:39:01 AM - ELJ
Well now, never was much at math (what can you expect from a journalism major/English minor?) Reinhart coached the men a total of 24 seasons, not 17. Makes his record all the more impressive.
9/13/2014 10:10:05 AM - newtman
LSF, great find!
ELJ. thanks for the history lesson.
9/13/2014 11:06:14 PM - CJS fan
Ditto to LSF and ELJ as to a great find and good history lesson, respectfully. BTW, ELJ, were you aware that Bill Rinehart was also GW's football coach during most of those years as well? I'm not 100% but I think he was also a tennis coach and a track coach for a couple of years too. Anyway, he was a versitile coach, who was very successful at GW but who stayed too long, He was quite bitter at being axed in the late sixties by Athletic Director Bob Faris, who played football at GW.
9/14/2014 10:44:12 AM - Long Suffering Fan
Remember that if you click on the year, it will give you individual players stats, again going way back. In later years, the stats are more comprehensive.
9/14/2014 3:21:51 PM - gonzo
9/14/2014 5:37:52 PM - ziik
That site makes clear how shallow GW's team depth was, even during some of the successful years of long ago. A problem that ML's squad is unlikely to have, baring plague, pestilence or worse.
9/14/2014 8:03:35 PM - ELJ
Thanks. I hadn't realized Reinhart also coached football as well as track and tennis (what year(s) was he the track coach? I know it wasn't in 1954, the year Old Prof and I ran track). Reinhart reminds me of that old comic strip coach Gil Thorp, who coached just about every sport at his high school.
Quick tidbit about Reinhart as basketball coach in the '50's: he was the great stone face on the bench, arms folded, hardly a word uttered when play was on. And he spoke softly in the timeouts as well. But Corky Devlin told me his practices were murder, and he would rerun drills time after time if things weren't absolutely perfect in his mind. He did stress fllexibilioty on both sides of the ball, with a variety of defenses but far more emphasis on scoring the ball. Oh, and he made every player shoot 100 free throws at the end of practice when they were tired. Did it work? GW led the nation in FT accuracy in the '53-'54 season.