Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He's Coach, Whether He's Famous or Not

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He's Coach, Whether He's Famous or Not

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Byline: John Carter, Times-Union staff writer

Charlie Reese was recently named to the East Stroudsburg University Football Hall of Fame.

Charlie Reese says he's loved Jacksonville since moving here from Pennsylvania 14 years ago.

He has just one little regret.

Nobody knows about his former life as a head football coach.

"I used to see Coach [Tom] Coughlin at the YMCA, and I'd think, 'Well, there's the young coach and I'm the old coach, but no one knows it.' It just seemed a little strange," said Reese, 73, who lives in East Arlington with his wife, Doris.

Everyone knew Reese back in East Stroudsburg, Pa., where he was a coach at East Stroudsburg University for many years, and head football coach of the Warriors from 1966 to 1973.

Reese knows it's not the biggest football operation in the country. In fact, he's proud that the players didn't get scholarships and instead "played for the love of the game."

And he's a modest man.

"My mother always said if you blow your own horn it's bound to sound tinny," he said.

Still, it just seems a little odd to no longer be known as "Coach" Reese -- after all those years of devoting himself to his beloved sport.

But at least the folks back home haven't forgotten.

He was recently named to the East Stroudsburg University Football Hall of Fame.

Reese was recognized for his seven years as head coach, during which his team had a record of 45-21-2. His 1968 team went 8-0-1.

In addition to coaching football, Reese was professor of health for 26 years and president of the faculty association. He also coached swimming, baseball and track and field.

He taught at the University of North Florida after moving south, but is now fully retired -- spending nearly every morning doing aquatic aerobics at the Yates YMCA on Riverside Avenue. …

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