May 15, 2008
FRISCO - - Credit: The Southland Conference
Longtime UT Arlington athletics administrator Dr. Bill Reeves will be newest inductee into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor when he joins the ranks of 30 previously enshrined legends on May 29.
Reeves' induction will take place at the San Luis Resort in Galveston, Texas, as part of the Southland's annual Honors Dinner. The evening will also feature the presentation of the F.L. McDonald Award, the Conference's postgraduate scholarships awarded to a male and female student-athlete, and the presentation of the Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, also presented to deserving male and female student-athletes.
"Bill Reeves is another Southland Conference legend that is so well-deserving of this tremendous honor," Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. "Dr. Reeves has served his university and the conference for parts of five decades, and we are absolutely thrilled to provide him with this great tribute."
Reeves currently serves as UTA's student-athlete eligibility certification officer, and has held a variety of roles in his 42 years at the school, most notably as athletic director from 1975-89. He's also served as assistant basketball coach, assistant professor in physical education, athletic business manager, administrative assistant and coordinator of physical education degree programs.
He began as an UTA assistant basketball coach in 1966 for Head Coach Barry Dowd and then became an administrative assistant to the athletics director in 1971. In 1975, he became the second athletic director in university history, serving in that role for 14 years until 1989. During his time, he made the institution a model program for gender equity in college athletics.
Reeves resigned as athletics director in 1989 but remained on campus to serve as compliance coordinator until 1996. From 1996 to September 2007, Reeves served as senior associate athletics director and compliance coordinator, before taking his current role.
A former high school All-American, All-District selection and team captain at Plainview HS, Reeves played collegiate basketball at Texas A&M as a freshman in 1958-59, before transferring to then Arlington State College and lettering for three years.
He is a 1962 graduate of Arlington State with a bachelor's degree in history and business administration. Reeves also earned a master's degree from Texas State in 1964 and his Ph.D. from North Texas in 1973. Prior to coming to UTA, Reeves was an assistant coach for two seasons at Buda High school and one at Houston Spring Woods. He was also the head coach at Ennis HS from 1965-66.
Reeves, named a UT Arlington distinguished alumnus in 1996, is a former president of the Arlington Rotary club and is active in the First United Methodist Church in Arlington. He and his wife Lynda have two daughters, Susan and Reci.
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