Linden Resident Earns Coaching Honor

Bill Reichle

MARTINSVILLE—Bill Reichle, a resident of Linden and boys’ varsity swimming head coach at the Pingry School in Martinsville, has received a national honor.

Reichle is the NFHS Coaches Association’s “National Coach of the Year” for Boys Swimming & Diving. The Coaches Association is the official professional organization for the coaches of the National Federation of State High School Associations.


Each “National Coach of the Year” is selected based on the individual’s career coaching record, community service, involvement in other school activities, involvement in the profession at local, state, and national levels, and basic philosophy of athletics.

“Athletics present an opportunity to challenge the swimmers to become better athletes, better students, and better citizens. It’s a challenge for me to improve the Pingry program every year. This award is not only a great honor, but also a nice tribute to past and present swimmers and the past and present coaching staff. It’s a group effort,” said Reichle, who will be recognized in the spring issue of Coaches Quarterly magazine.

He has been coaching swimming for more than 40 years. For the past 22 years, he has coached at Pingry, where he also teaches algebra. His teams have won six State Group Championships and four County Titles, among other championships, and he was honored by The Star-Ledger as state “Coach of the Year” in 2008. For the 2008-09 season, the NFHS selected him as New Jersey’s “Coach of the Year” for Boys’ Swimming & Diving.

Reichle is also a member of the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.

“This award is well-deserved and a fitting tribute to Bill’s coaching career. He is humble, yet he has made and continues to make a tremendous difference in his athletes’ lives. This is an honor for his entire coaching staff,” said Gerry Vanasse, Pingry’s director of athletics.

Photo courtesy of the Pingry School

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