Reginelli, who was born in Lake Village, Ark. and grew up in Shaw, was inducted into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame earlier this month at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Reginelli, 79, is best known in New Orleans for his football coaching career. Newman started his coaching at as an assistant coach at Holy Cross. After his time at Holy Cross, he went to Isidore Newman High School and became an assistant football coach in 1961. In 1968, Reginelli was promoted to head football coach and his success went to a whole new level. From 1968-1993, Newman posted a career record of 203-63, winning 76.3 percent of his games. Reginelli is one of five coaches in the Greater New Orleans are to win over 200 games in a career.
During his tenure, Reginelli coached Cooper Manning and Peyton Manning, who are the sons of Drew native and football legend Archie Manning, Cooper was a receiver and Peyton was a quarterback. Peyton was a senior in Reginelli’s last year coaching the team in 1993. Peyton, who began his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts and is a currently the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, is second all-time in NFL history in career touchdown passes (436), third in passing yards (59.487), fourth in passer rating (95.7). Peyton also guided the Colts to a Super Bowl Title in 2007.
As a youth, Reginelli went to elementary school at Shaw Elementary School and ended up being a standout in football, basketball and baseball at Shaw High School where he graduated in 1953.
After Shaw, he went to Tulane University in New Orleans on a football scholarship where he played running back. He was also a catcher on the Greenwave baseball team. In 1957, Reginelli was named All-SEC in baseball as he recorded team highs in home runs (4), RBIs (19) and total bases (34). After his time at Tulane, he stayed in New Orleans and the rest was history.