Reale is one of just a select group of Crusader basketball players to serve two seasons as co-captain. A 1986 All-MAAC selection, Reale scored in double figures in 26 of his 28 games that year. In addition to his scoring (1,123 career points), Reale graduated as Holy Cross' all-time steals leader with 139. Reale was just as successful with the Crusader baseball team, as a three-year starter at shortstop. He earned All-MAAC honors in 1985, and was an ECAC All-Star in 1986.