Reinhart from the 1934 Oregana
|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
|Born||August 2, 1896|
|Died||February 14, 1971
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 SoCon regular season (1954, 1956)
2 SoCon Tournament (1954, 1961)
|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.
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. 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 and at Oregon he coached Howard Hobson. Auerbach said Reinhart's coaching and fast break offenses were "15 years ahead of their time."
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.
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.
Head coaching record
|George Washington Colonials (Independent) (1938–1940)|
|George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1941)|
|Merchant Marine Mariners (Independent) (1946–1949)|
|Oregon Webfoots (Pacific Coast Conference) (1923–1935)|
|Oregon:||180–101 (.641)||79–74 (.516)|
|George Washington Colonials (Independent) (1935–1941)|
|George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1941–1942)|
|George Washington Colonials (Southern Conference) (1949–1966)|
|1953–54||George Washington||23–3||10–0||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1960–61||George Washington||9–17||3–9||7th||NCAA First Round|
|George Washington:||319–237 (.574)||131–102 (.562)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- University of Oregon Hall of Fame bio
- GW bio
- "William Reinhart, Coached Basketball in Washington". The New York Times. Associated Press. February 16, 1971. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- Guide to the William Reinhart Papers, 1920-1993, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University