In 1985 when Bill Reinhard retired after 35 years at Glendale College, he continued working with the college until 2002 as the consultant for the Glendale College Foundation Golf Tournament and helped raise thousands of dollars for campus projects.
In his 50+ years association with the college, Reinhard represented Glendale College as head coach of the football, swim, water polo and golf teams. He was the men’s athletic director and physical education division chair. Besides the teams he coached and the division he headed, he was always a fixture at games and matches at school sporting events in a cardinal and gold hat and a Glendale College jacket.
Reinhard was hired at Glendale College in 1948 as a teacher and was named to replace Marger Apsit in 1949 to coach football. Before he came to the college to teach and coach, he had distinguished himself as one of the most versatile athletes in the area at Glendale High and later at the University of California and for the professional football team, the Los Angeles Dons. The Dons were part of the old All American Football Conference and Reinhard played on the team at old Gilmore Field in Los Angeles with his brother, Bob, as he had at Glendale High and at Cal.
Reinhard’s football career as a player and a coach was interrupted twice because of service commitments in World War II and for one year in the Korean War when he was the head football coach at Glendale. One little known fact about Reinhard is that he was a world class diver in the 1940’s when he trained and later was a part owner of the Indian Springs Aquatic Facility in Montrose. In 1944 when World War II cancelled the Olympics, Reinhard won an international diving competition that was held in lieu of the Olympics.
In eight years as the football coach at Glendale from 1949 to 1957, Reinhard’s Vaqueros distinguished themselves as a tough team; not always on the right side of the score, but they made their coach proud because of their effort. In his last game as a football coach in 1957, Reinhard led Glendale to a 44-0 win over Oceanside in the Alfalfa Bowl, the first football bowl game that the school ever played in.
Rick Nemetz, who played football for Reinhard in 1954 and 1957, credits his friend and former coach with changing his life. “When I first came back from the service, I had no direction in life,”said Nemetz, who earned a football scholarship to the University of Pacific after graduating from Glendale. “Mr. Reinhard saw me, he hauled me down to the stadium, gave me cleats and a uniform, and gave me something to do—a purpose. I always said he saved my life.”