Love this idea. Let Reid step down, give him his own ceremony at the stadium opening next year, and get back to selling out and winning games.I was at the Yale soccer game tonight.
If Benedict had a clue (he doesn't) Reid would be fired after this season and Yale assistant Charles Rodriguez would be hired next year. I thought I recognized the guy. He buried the winning penalty kick for UNC Charlotte in 2011 to beat UConn at Morrone. One of Reid's epic meltdowns.. He played under the best coach in the country Jeremy Gunn and led Charlotte to the title game. He was an assistant coach at Stanford under Gunn for 3 years and they were a machine winning the national title 2 years. He was an assistant at Xavier before that for 3 years and they had their best years in school history with him on the staff. Oh yeah, Yale is undefeated in his first year on the staff. I don't know why he went from Stanford to Yale but this guy is a winner. He was warming the team up before the game and he was very impressive. Calm and focused. Everything Reid isn't. We have arguably one of the better assistants in the country in our backyard. Think he would like to open a new stadium next year?
This team plays at nothing, theres no clear identity and simply rely on individuals moments of brilliance. It's clear Reid is past it at this point, but who do you replace him with that can bring the program back to where it belongs? Considering how many DA academies are in the vicinity there should be no shortage of talent to pick from. The program is one competent coach away from being the top program in the northeast and a perennial top 20 nationally
Given how much say Ried has over this program I worry about him pushing for his assistant Mike Miller to replace him. He has only been here for 3 seasons now but Ried talks highly of him and has said before he turned down head coaching jobs to be an assistant here. I'm hoping for a clean start, something fresh and different to get some excitement back in this program.. These last seasons have been tough but man this year seems just too much
Next season will hopefully be RR's swan song. Name the pressbox after him and let him go on his way. Yes the team is young but none of his teams in the last 6-8 seasons have had that killer instinct. Its too bad because UConn soccer has been a trailblazer but it's now almost in the shadows. You have to wonder how long will it be when the program doesn't get the preseason ranking respect. My 1980 Friends of Soccer jacket is sad
Rieds donations gave him leverage over Benedict and he has turned a blind eye to the disaster of a program that it has turned into these last couple seasons.