ATLANTA – Bob Reinhart, who led the Georgia State men’s basketball team to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, will be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame on Feb. 17 at the Buckhead Theater as a part of the 13th annual awards show.
Reinhart joins an elite group that includes five-time pro bowler with the Atlanta Falcons Keith Brooking, Julia Emmons, who was Executive Director of the Atlanta Track Club and Director of the Peachtree Road Race for 22 years, the voice of the Atlanta Hawks Steve Holman and long-time sideline reporter of the NBA on TNT Craig Sager.
Reinhart made the jump from a state champion high school basketball head coach at Decatur HS to assistant NBA bench coach for the Atlanta Hawks to Georgia State’s head man. In nine seasons, Reinhart won a 107 games, the most in program history until being tied by current head coach Ron Hunter last week.
Reinhart currently works as an NBA scout for the Miami Heat.
He talked to the AJC earlier this year on his career.
On taking the Panthers to the NCAAs: “You have to understand where we were when I got there. There were so many teams that wanted to play us for their homecoming game, and I just told my secretary to ask for $50,000 and we would come and play anyone for homecoming, and I would also bring the queen. When we went to the Big Dance, people don’t realize how hard it was beating those three teams in the conference tournament. They had all beaten us twice during the regular season, and Arkansas-Little Rock was a team the school had never ever beaten before.’’
On NCAA game against Arkansas: “Bobby Cremins called us the greatest sports story in Atlanta. We played them close in the first half until we hit the two 15-point minutes. But what was funny was we got $60,000 in transportation money to go to the game at the Omni, and I gave each of the kids a MARTA token to get to the game. It was great.’’
The Awards and Induction Ceremonies for the class of 2017 will include a reception, art exhibit, silent auction, raffle, a parade of past inductees, and then concludes with the awards and induction ceremony.
Individual tickets are $60 or $150, tables are also available. Individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships can be ordered online at www.atlantasportshalloffame.org.
For group ticket information or sponsorship information, contact Larry Winter at 770-714-2246.
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