Southwestern Community College announced today Reginald Kindle Jr. will be the college’s next men’s basketball coach. Kindle was on campus today to meet Southwestern employees.
Kindle comes to Southwestern from Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, where he has been an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator since April 2019. Prior to Peru State, Kindle was an assistant coach and graduate assistant at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, from August 2017-April 2019.
During his time at Peru State, Kindle assisted in coaching the team to a conference semi-final tournament game. In 2019-20, his team ended the season with a 17-15 record. His Peru State teams boasted three All-Midlands NAIA honorees and two Second-Team All-Heart of American Athletic Conference student-athletes. In addition, the teams had seven Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes, one NAIA All-American Honorable Mention, one NAIA Scholar Team, and an overall team GPA of 3.1.
Kindle said his coaching philosophy at Southwestern will be to empower student-athletes to be confident in their endeavors and provide a constant learning environment, while building lifelong relationships. As a former junior college player himself, Kindle is a strong advocate for community colleges and the experience they provide to student-athletes.
“We are excited about the addition of Coach Kindle to our athletic department staff and think he is a great fit to lead the Spartan men’s basketball program moving forward,” Southwestern Athletic Director Nick Weinmeister stated. “Coach Kindle has an infectious personality and I am confident he will lead our men’s basketball student-athletes through all phases of their development as a Spartan and beyond.”
Kindle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Benedictine University at Mesa in Mesa, Arizona. During his time at Benedictine, he was team captain and upon graduation became a student assistant for a year. During that time, June 2016-May 2017, he served as the head assistant coach for the junior varsity basketball program. He started his collegiate playing career at Riverside Community College in Riverside, California, from 2011-13. At Riverside, he helped guide his team to a 40-23 overall record in two years. He also played for Benedictine University at Springfield in Springfield, Illinois, from 2013-15.
Kindle will begin in his position at Southwestern immediately.