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: 94-112 (.456)
Overall record^: 292-340 (.462)

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

Reggie Witherspoon Coaching Tree

  • Sean Smiley (Fredonia State)


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