In 1999 Reggie Witherspoon, a native Buffalonian, Came to Buffalo as an the interium coach when Tim Cohane was forced out of the University for recruiting violations. At the time Witherspoon was serving as the head coach at Erie Community College just sveral miles from Alumni Arena. Witherspoon found enough success at Buffalo to be named full time head coach in March 10, 2000. He was the first African American named head coach of a varsity sports team in any Western New York suburban school district.
Under his guidance the Buffalo Bulls worked through NCAA sanctions and eventually emerged as one of the better teams in the MAC. Reaching the conference title game twice and taking the team to four post season tournaments.
Coach Witherspoon was honored several times during his tenure at UB
- 2004 MAC Coach of the Year
- 2004 Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Coach of the Year
- 2005 NABC District 1 Co-Coach of the Year
- 2006 USA Basketball U18 National Team Court Coach
- 2009 NABC District 14 (MAC) Coach of the Year
- 2010 USA Basketball U18 National Team Assistant Coach
Witherspoon was the 11th head coach in Bulls’ basketball history and the third since Buffalo returned to Division I play in the 1991-92 season.
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