Southern Utah Hires Roger Reid

Southern Utah Hires Roger Reid

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CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 14 - Southern Utah University has named Roger Reid it's men's head basketball coach. SUU President Michael Benson made the announcement this afternoon at a press conference held on the school's campus.

A 34-year veteran of the coaching ranks, Reid comes to Southern Utah from Snow College, where he spent the last two seasons as head coach. This year he led the Badgers to a 23-8 record and a Scenic West Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

Prior to taking over the Snow College program in the spring of 2005, Coach Reid spent seven seasons coaching in the professional ranks, including five as an assistant for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association, and two as head coach of the Hangzhou Horses in the Chinese Basketball Association, China's professional league.

Coach Reid is probably best known for his success as head coach at Brigham Young University. While at BYU he guided the Cougars to a 152-77 record and three Western Athletic Conference championships during his seven full seasons at the program's helm. Under Reid's watch the Cougars earned five NCAA tournament berths as well as an NIT appearance. Reid was named WAC and district coach of the year twice and his career winning percentage of .664 is the highest of any coach with more than two years in the position in the school's NCAA-era history. Reid also spent 11 seasons as an assistant at BYU, working under both Frank Arnold and Ladell Anderson.

A graduate of Weber State University, where he lettered in both basketball and baseball, Coach Reid's first head coaching job was at Payson High School, giving him experience at virtually very level of the coaching spectrum. He is also a graduate of the College of Eastern Utah, where he earned all-American honors in baseball and is enshrined in the school's athletic hall of fame.

"We're excited to announce Roger Reid as the new men's basketball coach at Southern Utah University," Benson said. "He has a long history of success as a coach as well as a mentor of young people and I'm happy to turn the program over to him."

"This is a wonderful opportunity for me," Reid said. "I am very excited to be here and to be taking over the basketball program at this fine University. I'm looking forward to working with the team, to getting to know the faculty and getting to know the community.

"We want to build a winning program that competes for conference championships and the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament," he went on to say. "If Oral Roberts is the best team in the league then we are going to work to beat Oral Roberts, but we will work very hard to beat every team we play. If there's a conference champion and that conference champion advances to the NCAA tournament it might as well be us."

Reid and his wife Diane are the parents of five children: Randy, who is in business in New York City; Robbie, who is attending Harvard Business School following a professional basketball career in Europe and South America; David, who passed away in 1980; Darren, who is attending law school at Ohio State; and Kelli, a recent graduate of the University of Utah.

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