After almost forty years of coaching basketball, Coach Roger Reid has announced his retirement as head men’s basketball coach at Southern Utah University. He retires with an overall Division I record of 205-173, including a 54-97 record at SUU. Interestingly enough, the decision comes as Reid’s contract expires and one year after there were discussions among administrators about firing him.
Coach Reid is probably best known for his success as head coach at BYU. While at BYU he guided the Cougars to a 152-76 record, three Western Athletic Conference championships, and two WAC tournament championships during his seven full seasons at the program’s helm. Under Reid, the Cougars earned five NCAA tournament berths as well as an NIT appearance. In 1990 and again in 1992 Reid was named WAC and District Coach of the Year.
Reid spent the next several years coaching professionally. He was an assistant coach on Danny Ainge’s staff with the Phoenix Suns, helping the Suns to a pair of playoff appearances. He also spent two seasons as the head coach of the Hangzhou Horses in the Chinese Basketball Association, quickly guiding the Horses to the CBA playoffs after six straight losing seasons.
Even though he is retiring, Coach Reid knows that the coaching blood runs deep in his veins, and he left open the possibility for a return to the ranks some day.