Panthers off to best start in program history
Bearing the Florida Tech name for his 28th season as a head coach and 29th coaching overall, John Reynolds may be in the midst of his most special run yet. Reynolds became just the 11th active NCAA Division II women’s basketball coach to reach the 500-win milestone following Florida Tech’s memorable 76-60 victory over Sunshine State Conference rival Eckerd on Dec. 6.
The extraordinary achievement adds yet another honor to a laundry list of career accolades all earned on the Panthers’ sideline: six SSC regular season titles, four SSC Tournament championships, nine 20-win seasons and one NCAA Division II South Region Title to name a few.
In addition, Reynolds’ club is off to its best start in program history at 12-0 after their 74-63 defeat of Palm Beach Atlantic at home on Jan. 6.
“We’re fortunate to be where we are at this point with the schedule we’ve played,” he said. “Our nonconference schedule was challenging and really has helped prepare us for conference play.”
Reynolds may sport the title “Head Coach,” but his success extends beyond the court. Throughout his career, he has touched the lives of many and truly values the unique relationships he has formed.
“Coach Reynolds is a wonderful coach and man,” senior forward Jasmire Brown said. “He means a lot to me. He believed in me when I was at my lowest. He makes me a better person on and off the court. It’s not just about basketball with him. He teaches life skills that will carry on after college. I couldn’t ask for a better coach, leader and friend. I respect everything about him. He’s the‘Real MVC’ (Most Valuable Coach) in my book.”
When asked about the joy of coaching, Reynolds’ said, “They challenge me daily and keep me on my toes. On a daily basis, I’m now reminded of my age.”
The mood may be light, but Reynolds has had a remarkable tenure at Florida Tech and the best may be yet to come.