Reggie Witherspoon

Reggie Witherspoon (born February 21, 1961)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Canisius Golden Griffins
Current conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
Buffalo record: 198-228 (.465)
Canisius record: 84-92 (.477)
Overall record^: 282-320 (.468)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present Canisius
2015-2016 Chattanooga (asst)
2014-2015 Alabama (asst)
1999-2013 Buffalo
1997-1999 Erie CC

Reggie Witherspoon Facts

  • Phillip Reginald Witherspoon
  • Born February 12, 1961
  • Hometown: Buffalo, New York
  • Alma Mater: Empire State College (BA, 1995)
  • Played at Erie CC for head coach John Beilein and at then-NAIA Wheeling Jesuit (WV) for Jim O’Brien
  • Started coaching in 1984 as an assistant at Sweet Home HS (Amherst, NY); became the head coach there in 1992, leading his team to four-straight division titles
  • Took over as head coach at Erie CC in 1997, going 43-15 during his tenure and winning a NJCAA Regional III Championship
  • Hired as the new Buffalo head coach in 1999, replacing Tim Cohane who resigned five games into the season
    • Won 197 games during his tenure at Buffalo, leading the Bulls to 4 postseason appearances – 1 NIT, 1 CBI and 2 CITs
  • Spent one season each as an assistant under Anthony Grant at Alabama and under Matt McCall at Chattanooga before being hired as head coach at Canisius in 2016
  • Along with his wife, Dawn, has two daughters

Reggie Witherspoon Coaching Tree

  • Sean Smiley (Fredonia State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only