Former Greensboro College basketball coach, golf coach and Athletic Director Milton Reece passed away this past Tuesday

These men remember:Tom Shalley…..Freddy Johnson….Dave Farris…. Dean Oldham….Gary Thomas….Clarence Caldwell….Calvin Hunt….They remember Dr. Reece…

A well-known man, educator, coach and friend of the Greensboro community, that was Milton Reece, who passed away back on Tuesday of this week….His name will go down as one the key figures, in the history of sports, at Greensboro College…..

I may be a bit off the mark, but I believe all of these men either played for, or were with Dr. Reece during the time he was at, and coaching at Greensboro College….

Tom Shalley…..Freddy Johnson….Dave Farris…. Dean Oldham….Gary Thomas….Clarence Caldwell….Calvin Hunt….And a few more that I will be adding or subtracting….


OAK ISLAND — Milton E. Reece, 80, Professor Emeritus from Greensboro College, Greensboro, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, after a long period of failing health.

He was head of the Education Department and taught in the Physical Education Department at GC. He coached basketball and golf and served as Athletic Director during his 24 years at the college. Prior to teaching at GC, he taught and coached in the Greensboro public schools. Dr. Reece retired and moved to Oak Island, with his wife, Jane, of 58 years, where they began their 21 years of work with the Caswell Beach Sea Turtle Program. Milton was active in the Oak Island Lions Club, was a past president, but his favorite position was as the Club’s Tail Twister. The Lions Club honored him with the Melvin Jones Fellow award in December, 2010. He was also active in the Oak Island Linksters, and known for playing with his trademark yellow golf balls. Milton was a birthright Quaker, born in Chicago and raised in Iowa.

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  1. I was one of the lucky ones that had Dr. Reece for a professor and as a mentor. I talked to him on a regular basis even after my years at GC. He always wanted to know what I was doing and where I was coaching. Calvin (Kevin) Hunt didn’t have the opportunity to play for Coach Reece but he was the AD when we were in school together.

  2. Very good assessment, and from what I was able to deduct, Dr. Reece was a very smart cookie and in many ways he and Jim Locke, I think it was, did a very good job of keeping that school rolling in that time period….

    For some reason, Dr. Reece reminds me of the principal in the movie Hoosiers….The man that helped Norman Dale coach the team and I believe he was at one time the coach of the team and then went into administration at Hickory High with the Huskers….The man that helped Dale had a heart attack one night and had to leave the team on the way to the State Title run, but for some reason Dr. Reece reminds me of that man from the movie Hoosiers….

    Who knows, but we do know this, Dr. Reece did a lot of good at GC and I would like to hear from more of his students and former players….Talked to former GC player and now GDS coach Freddy Johnson last night and he was hit hard by the news…..

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