Gene Reese was hired as Ancilla College's Athletic Director in 1995 and was given the task of transforming an intramural sports program into a junior college and intercollegiate athletic program. An athletic department that began with men's basketball has blossomed into the current eight sports programs, under his tutelage. He is a strong proponent of academic success and community service for each student-athlete. While at Ancilla, Reese coached men's basketball for eight years, baseball for its first three years, and softball for its inaugural season.
He brought Ancilla "Charger" Athletics into competitive intercollegiate competition by joining the National Junior College Athletic Association in 1998 and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference in 2000. He also designed and helped coordinate construction of three new top-quality outdoor athletic fields starting in 2000 (baseball, softball and soccer). In January 2007 he entered into a ten-year lease agreement with Fitness Forum in Plymouth to provide first-class indoor college gymnasium for volleyball and men's and women's basketball. The Fitness Forum lease also provides a workout facility for all Ancilla College athletes. 2011 has brought the exciting construction and design of the new AncillaChargers.com website.
After college, Reese coached varsity basketball and/or baseball in three local high schools: Divine Heart Seminary in Donaldson, John Glenn High School in Walkerton and Culver Community High School, where he led the Cavaliers to their last Regional baseball appearance.
After his high school coaching career, Gene owned his own business from 1977 until 1995.
Reese is a 1965 graduate of Tyner High School, where he was a letter winner in cross country, basketball, and baseball. He earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida State University in 1970, where he was a member of the baseball team.
Gene is a proud man of faith serving as a deacon and church treasurer at Koontz Lake Missionary Church. He also has served 20 years as a member of the Walkerton Town Council in Walkerton, Indiana where he lives.
Gene has been married to his wife Marsha since 1969. They reside in Walkerton and have three children and six grandchildren.