Bruce Reynolds

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Bruce coached William Penn High School football 27 years to a record of 218-73-3 (.747).  He was Delaware’s winningest high school football coach when he retired  Reynolds had only one
losing season , his second year. Bruce won seven state championships and was runner-up four times.  His teams qualified for the state tournament 20 out of 22 years. He won state “Coach of the
Year” in 1981 and 1985.  He showed respect for 22 players and was highly respected by game officials.  Reynolds was considered an “ultimate sportsman” by his peers and received accolades
upon his retirement…  In a News Journal 5/20/2001 article, coach Butch Simpson of Newark High School said “We have had the ultimate of rivalries, sought the same results, pursued the same
Flight “A” and State Championships. I couldn’t respect anyone, any more. My life as a coach and its challenges have been special because of William Penn and Bruce Reynolds”.   As an athlete,
Bruce was an outstanding player at William Penn High School, serving as co-captain of the 1965 team.  He won first team All-Blue Hen Conference honors and was first team All-State.  Bruce
co-captained the gold team in the 1966 Blue-Gold  All-Star game.  He was the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete for Delaware.  Reynolds went to Duke University on a football
scholarship but knee injuries in his freshman year ended his playing career.  Bruce was also one of the area’s top sports banquet speakers.



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