ROGER REID TO LEAD SNOW COLLEGE BASKETBALL IN 2005-06Reid Brings Significant National and International Experience to Ephraim
EPHRAIM, Utah—May 9, 2005-Snow College today named Roger Reid head coach of the men's basketball team. Reid
has coached basketball for 32 years - including 16 years as a head coach. Upon completing
his first season at Snow, Reid will have coached at virtually every level of basketball
- high school, junior college, university, NBA and international.
Reid is best known as the most winning basketball coach in Brigham Young University history. He was named head coach at BYU following eleven seasons as an assistant to Frank Arnold and Ladell Anderson. Reid's record at BYU was 152-77 - a .667 winning percentage. He led the Cougars to five NCAA Tournament appearances, three conference championships and two conference tournament championships.
"Coach Reid's achievements at BYU were remarkable; but the most significant one in my opinion was the 97 percent graduation rate while he was head coach," said Michael T. Benson, president of Snow College. "I believe Roger will do at Snow what he did at BYU - graduate players and win championships."
"The future is definitely bright for Snow College basketball. We are thrilled and even humbled that Roger Reid wants to coach here," said Bob Trythall, athletic director at Snow College. "The wealth of experience he possesses will no doubt elevate our program. We're eager to learn from him."
For the past seven seasons, Reid has been coaching professional basketball in the United States and in China. He was hired as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns by BYU great, Danny Ainge. After five seasons with the Suns - including two playoff appearances, Reid accepted a head coaching position for the Hangzhou Horses of China's professional basketball league. Reid recently completed his second season in Hangshou.
Reid teams have earned reputations as tough defensive squads. His coaching style reflects that of his mentor - Dick Motta, whom he played for at Weber State. Reid stresses fundamentals and team play offensively and defensively. His teams fast break opportunistically but are just as comfortable in the half-court running a motion offense.
"I'm grateful to Snow College for giving me this opportunity. It will be wonderful teaching and coaching basketball in Utah again," said Coach Reid. "I'm in this to win. We'll win by being very intense defensively and executing offensively." Reid was an all-state baseball and basketball player at Springville High. He went on to excel at both sports at the College of Eastern Utah where he was named a junior college All-American in baseball. Reid went on to Weber State where he played for a conference championship basketball team coached by Dick Motta. He was also all-conference in baseball for two seasons.
From Weber State, Reid was drafted into professional baseball and spent four years as a shortstop with the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves farm systems. He advanced as far as AAA ball.
Reid has maintained a home in Spanish Fork for many years where he resides with his wife, Diane. The Reid's have five children: Randy, who lives and works in New York City; Robbie, a professional basketball player in Europe; David, who died in 1980; Darren, attending law school at Ohio State; and Kelli, who just graduated from the University of Utah.
Reid takes over for Jon Judkins, who recently accepted the head basketball coach position at Dixie State College. Judkins had an outstanding 284-128 record at Snow College. He led the Badgers to two conference championships in 1999 and 2000 and a shared conference championship in 2004.