COLUMNIST KARL LINDHOLM and former Middlebury College Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Russ Reilly first made each other’s acquaintance on a Maine basketball court in 1962. This photo from Fenway Park dates back to Game 1 of the 1986 American League Championship Series.
Photo courtesy of Karl Lindholm
“Where so many of us are known for singular achievements or job titles, Russ was known for being Russ Reilly.”
— Erin Quinn, Middlebury College Athletic Director
Russ Reilly and I first met in 1962. Russ was an 18 year-old freshman at Bates College, playing on the jayvee basketball team, and I was a senior at Lewiston High School, right around the corner from Bates, playing on the basketball team there.
The two teams always played an early season game, so Russ and I calculated, after the fact, that’s how our friendship began, with a perfunctory post game handshake:
Russ Reilly, who among other things was a long-time announcer at Middlebury College football games, died July 24. A memorial service will be held at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury campus this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. For many years, Gary Margolis sat next to Reilly in the football announcer’s booth, spotting and running the 25-second clock.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,
you would say, please remove your caps
and honor this great country of ours.
As Legion Post 27 presents our colors.
The word great bouncing off the peaks
of the Green Mountains, beginning
to turn orange again...
RUSS REILLY LAUGHS at comments by an after-dinner speaker at his retirement celebration in Pepin Gymnasium at Middlebury College in 2006.
Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
Editor’s note: Karl Lindholm met Russ Reilly in December 1962 when Russ played on the Bates College JV (Frosh) basketball and the Lewiston High team on which Karl played. They have been friends ever since and were colleagues for nearly 30 years at Middlebury College. Reilly died July 24, three days shy of his 75th birthday. We are rerunning a column this week that Karl wrote about Russ and his contribution to the record-setting Middlebury basketball team in 2011.
Down at one end of the gym at Middlebury College, assistant basketball coach Russ Reilly is drilling the Panther big men, Andrew...
Russ Reilly in 1987
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has announced the death of the school’s longtime former men’s basketball coach and athletic director Russ Reilly; he died Wednesday, July 24.
Reilly worked fulltime for the Middlebury College athletics department for 29 years. In the year before his 2006 retirement, he returned to coaching men’s basketball as a volunteer assistant and continued in that role for the past 13 seasons.
“Russ was a pillar of the college and local communities because of his huge heart and equally big smile and laugh,” said Middlebury Director of Athletics Erin Quinn.
“He set the...