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MARTIN REID grew up in Westbury where he attented Drexel Elementary, Westbury Junior High and Westbury Senior High School. He received his B.A. degree at Oswego State College. 

In September of 1976 he began his teaching career at Westbury Junior High School. A year later he transferred to the Senior High School where he taught English. That same year, he was named junior varsity basketball coach. During that time he was also the recreation director at New Cassel Park, which gave him the opportunity to maintain frequent contact with the high school students. He eventually would become a mentor and role model to several of these young men. 

In, 1979, he was named the varsity basketball coach.  Six years later in 1985, he won the New York State Championship. In 1988, he was promoted to the assistant Principal of Westbury Senior High School, a function he performed with great distinction, yet kept coaching the varsity team as his first love.

On April 22, 1993 Martin “Bunky” Reid succumbed to the dreadful disease of colon cancer.  “Bunky” Reid was recongized as an educator and as a basketball coach; but to those that knew him best, he was most and foremost a gentleman for whom time with his kids and family was precious.  Mike Candel of the Newsday described him as “a gentleman whose quiet strength produced consistency”.

Michael Jackson formed the “Bunky” Reid All-Stars.  In tribute to his high school coach, Mike voluntarily accepted and deeply appreciated the opportunity to serve the youth from at-risk communities.  Mike’s dedication to the youth in the Westbury communnity is a fine example of his own experience as a youth growing up in Westbury  and fully benefiting from the strong mentorship of “Bunky” Reid.  In his senior year, Mike captained his high school team and was named as “All Long Island Player”.  He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hofstra University and is now employed wih the Village of Westbury Recreation Department.

Mr. Martin “Bunky” Reid, Westbury Basketball Coach









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