Edward W. Reed, Jr.
Year Inducted: 1996
Ed was co-captain and an All-American swimmer at Springfield College (400 and 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke), receiving his B.S. in 1965 and his M.S. in 1967.
At Brown he was head coach of men’s swimming and water polo from 1971-1993. His swim teams had some good years and some years that were not so good during his tenure, finishing high in the tough Eastern League several times. In 1992, he was voted swim coach of the year by the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League.
Ed was the father of water polo at Brown, where he made it one of Brown’s most successful sports from 1975-1992. Brown was New England champions in 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1985. They were Eastern champions and runners-up six times. His teams were also ranked nationally (8th or better) eleven times. In 1985, 1987 and 1989, he was named coach of the year by the Eastern Water Polo Association. He has been a member of the coaching staff of the National Water Polo Team since 1993.
In 1986, Ed was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame.
While the director of the Smith Swimming center (where he helped with input for maximum facility use), he managed too many events at the Smith Center to list – the highlight coming in 1976 when ABC Sports covered the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Ed and his wife, “Andy,” now live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Ed is the director of aquatic sports at the University of Alabama. He and Andy have two children, Scott and Kerrie.
Ed has had so many accomplishments it is difficult to list them all. His most recent was as a member of the coaching staff for the U.S. Olympic Team that competed this summer in Atlanta. Ed Is warmly regarded as a coach, a mentor and a person by colleagues and alumni from his swimming and water polo teams.