LINDEN—Pingry boys’ varsity swimming head coach Bill Reichle, a resident of Linden, has been inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association’s (NJSCA) Hall of Fame. He was one of 38 inductees on March 29, out of almost 8,000 head varsity coaches in the state.
He has been coaching swimming for more than 40 years. For the past 22 years, he has coached at Pingry, where he also teaches Algebra. His teams have won six state group championships and four county titles, among other championships, and he was honored by The Star-Ledger as state “Coach of the Year” in 2008.
Reichle grew up across the street from Olympic Park Pool, and, every summer, his parents obtained a pool membership. He swam every morning with his brother, and he has always been passionate about swimming. He participates in local meets and in a few ocean races every summer. In 2008, he participated in both a four-kilometer swim in Bermuda, placing first in his age group, and the United States Masters National Championship at the University of Texas. In 1999, he swam 22.5 miles around Atlantic City as a member of a three-man relay, and they finished in third place. In 1997, he was invited to swim around Manhattan with 19 international swimmers in the annual 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim; he placed third in his age group and 13th overall.
“It’s an honor to be included in the Hall of Fame. I look forward to coaching at Pingry every year,” he said.