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Will Rey

Athletic Director

B.S. Northeastern Illinois University, M.A. Concordia University Chicago

Phone extension: (847) 375-0600 x 117

  Year appointed: 2004

About Coach Rey

Will Rey has coached basketball for more than 40 years at the high school and university DI levels. During his tenure at Northridge, the varsity team owns a 321-154 (.676) overall record and a 151-43 (.778) mark in conference games. Also, the Knights have captured 6 IHSA Class AA Regional Championships, advanced to the state’s “Sweet 16” in 2009 and 2015, won 4 conference championships, 6 conference 2nd place finishes, and garnered 3 major holiday tournament championships!

In January 2021, the Chicago Sun-Times identified Northridge as one of the Top 50 winningest high school basketball programs in the greater Chicagoland area during the previous decade; Northridge was ranked the area’s 31st winningest program with a stellar 206-86 (.705) record. Over his high school head coaching career, Coach Rey is quickly approaching 400 career wins. He enters the 2021-22 season with 386 wins!

Coach Rey was voted Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 2007, 2008, 2013, 2017 & 2018 and IBCA District Coach-of-the-Year in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2018 & 2020. He was inducted into 3 Halls-of-Fame: Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Assn (2015), Chicago Catholic League (2017), and Five-Star Basketball Camp (2005), and presented with Sports Faith International’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2010).

Before coming to Northridge in 2004, he spent 19 years coaching at the collegiate level and 8 years at the high school level locally. As a college coach, he was on the University of Evansville staff and coached teams in both the DI NCAA and NIT Tournaments. He also was head coach at Loyola University Chicago and an assistant at Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

A passionate educator, Coach Rey has worked with the industry’s leading distributors of coaching education resources to produce 13 instructional videotapes for coaches and players. A firm believer in the role of competitive athletics in the growth and development of student-athletes, he recently launched a Coaching4Character initiative to help coaches at all levels view sports as a tool for building character.

Coach Rey serves as Northridge’s Athletic Director and teaches Sacred Scripture to sophomores. He and his late wife, Diane, have three grown children and 6 grandchildren.

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