Reggie Witherspoon (basketball)

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Reggie Witherspoon
Reggie Witherspoon.jpg
Witherspoon at Alumni Arena in 2006
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamCanisius
ConferenceMAAC
Record84–92 (.477)
Biographical details
Born (1961-02-21) February 21, 1961 (age 61)
Buffalo, New York
Alma materEmpire State College
Playing career
 Erie CC
 Wheeling Jesuit
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1992Sweet Home HS (assistant)
1992–1997Sweet Home HS
1997–1999Erie CC
1999–2013Buffalo
2014–2015Alabama (assistant)
2015–2016Chattanooga (assistant)
2016–presentCanisius
Head coaching record
Overall325–335 (.492)
Tournaments1–1 (NIT)
0–2 (CBI)
3–3 (CIT)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
  • MAC East Division champion (2009)
  • MAAC regular season champion (2018)

Phillip Reginald Witherspoon (born February 21, 1961)[1] is the head coach of the Canisius College men's basketball team and the former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's college basketball team.

Witherspoon played college basketball at Erie Community College under John Beilein and then at Wheeling Jesuit under Jim O'Brien.[2]

He was the head coach at Erie Community College, and head coach and assistant coach at Sweet Home High School before he was hired as the interim head coach at Buffalo in December 1999. Witherspoon was named full-time head coach on March 10, 2000. He was the first African American named head coach of a varsity sports team in any Western New York suburban school district. He was fired after the 2012-13 season, finishing his 14 season run with a 198-228 record.[3] Witherspoon served one season as an assistant at Alabama under head coach Anthony Grant.[4] In 2015, Witherspoon was let go by Alabama when Grant was replaced by Avery Johnson. He was subsequently named as an assistant on Matt McCall's staff at UT-Chattanooga.[5]

In May 2016, Witherspoon was hired to replace the retiring Jim Baron at Canisius College.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Erie Community College (NJCAA Region III) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Erie CC 19–10
1998–99 Erie CC 24–5
Erie CC: 43–15 (.741)
University at Buffalo (Mid-American Conference) (1999–2013)
1999–00* Buffalo 3–20 (5–23) 1–17 12th
2000–01 Buffalo 4–24 2–16 12th
2001–02 Buffalo 12–18 7–11 10th
2002–03 Buffalo 5–23 2–16 13th
2003–04 Buffalo 17–12 11–7 5th
2004–05 Buffalo 23–10 11–7 T–2nd NIT First Round
2005–06 Buffalo 19–13 8–10 8th
2006–07 Buffalo 12–19 4–12 T–10th
2007–08 Buffalo 10–20 3–13 12th
2008–09 Buffalo 21–12 11–5 T–1st CBI First Round
2009–10 Buffalo 18–12 9–7 T–3rd
2010–11 Buffalo 20–14 8–8 T–5th CIT Quarterfinals
2011–12 Buffalo 20–11 12–4 2nd CIT Second Round
2012–13 Buffalo 14–20 7–9 8th
Buffalo: 198–228 (.465) 96–142 (.403)
Canisius College (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (2016–present)
2016–17 Canisius 18–16 10–10 T–6th CIT First Round
2017–18 Canisius 21–12 15–3 T–1st CBI First Round
2018–19 Canisius 15–17 11–7 T–2nd
2019–20 Canisius 12–20 7–13 10th NCAA Division I Cancelled
2020–21 Canisius 7–6 7–5 4th
2021–22 Canisius 11–21 7–13 T–10th
Canisius College: 84–92 (.477) 57–51 (.528)
Total: 325–335 (.492)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

[7]
* Hired as interim coach after Tim Cohane resigned after 5 games

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phillip Reginald Witherspoon". FIBA. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Gaughan, Mark (May 28, 2016). "Reggie Witherspoon returns home to become Canisius basketball coach". Buffalo News. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  3. ^ "University of Buffalo fires coach". Daily Journal. March 16, 2013. p. 17. Retrieved December 4, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Reggie Witherspoon Bio - ROLLTIDE.COM - University of Alabama Official Athletic Site". www.rolltide.com. Archived from the original on 2014-05-05.
  5. ^ "McCall Announces 2015-16 Staff". GoMocs.com. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. July 2, 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Canisius Hires Witherspoon". Ubbullrun.com. 28 May 2016.
  7. ^ University at Buffalo Basketball - 2010-11 Information Guide

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