Football BC is extremely proud and honoured to learn that its president, Larry Reda, will be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (CFHOF) in the Builder category in 2015.
The announcement was made by the CFHOF at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Night event on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.
“Being inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame represents the pinnacle achievement for any individual involved with football in our country,” said Football BC Executive Director Patrick Waslen. “I can’t think of any individual in this province whose name is more synonymous with football than Larry and this honour is very well-deserved and a long time coming.”
Reda is currently in his second stint as president of Football BC having stepped into the role in September 2013. He previously served as Football BC’s president from 1978 to 1983. He is also currently the co-chair of the Subway Bowl, the BC High School Football Championships
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Reda has been involved with amateur football in British Columbia for over 60 years as a player, coach and administrator. He has coached at every level of amateur football in the province including Community, Minor, Juvenile, High School, and Junior.
As an administrator, in addition to his current roles, he has held the positions of director and president of BC Junior Football, executive director of the BC High School Football Association and general manager of Football BC’s under-18 provincial tackle team.
Reda, a retired assistant fire chief, has also served as the general manager of the BC Firefighters Flag Football team that competed around the world at the World Police & Fire Games. He started the Western Canadian ‘Clan’ Football Camp at Simon Fraser University, which has since grown to be the largest and oldest full contact football camp in Western Canada.
Reda’s has also earned numerous accolades and honours through his work in football.
He is a Lifetime Member of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), was the recipient of the Presidents’ Award from BC School Sports in 1996, received the North Shore Community Lifetime Service Award in 2004, received the Lifetime Achievement Award (now the Bob Ackles Lifetime Achievement Award) at the 2004 Orange Helmet Awards dinner, and was inducted into the BC Football Hall of Fame as a Builder as part of the inaugural Class of 2011. He is also a trustee of the BC Football Hall of Fame.
He was also the recipient of the CFL Commissioner Recognition Award in 2011 as well as the 12th Man North Award from the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
Reda has been married to his wife, Margaret-Anne, for 52 football seasons and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Induction weekend details will be announced at a later time by the CFHOF.
Other individuals with a British Columbia connection that will be entering the CFHOF in 2015 are former BC Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson and former BC Lions coach and general manager Bob O’Billovich.
The full list of inductees can be found on the CFHOF website at www.cfhof.ca.