OFFICIAL: Reynolds named Assistant Coach at The Citadel

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I first mentioned this move back on 3/31 (DAILY DIRT). It’s now been made official – John Reynolds has been hired as an assistant at The Citadel. Here’s the release from the school:

The Citadel’s new Head Basketball Coach Ed Conroy has his first Assistant Coach in fellow Bulldogs Hoops alumnus John Reynolds. A 2011 graduate of The Citadel, Reynolds played his first three seasons under Conroy during his initial run as sideline commander. He spent the last five seasons on the coaching staff at South Carolina.

“It is an honor to be returning to my alma mater, and to work for Ed Conroy as he once again takes leadership of The Citadel Basketball program,” related Reynolds. “Coach Conroy gave me the opportunity to join the elite fraternity that is Citadel Basketball 15 years ago.

“It is at The Citadel, playing for Coach Conroy, where I fell in love with the power of a team and what can be accomplished when a group of individuals join in the fight and sacrifice for a common cause. That experience is what ignited my passion to coach and give back to another generation of players. Coach Conroy has a clear vision for all this program can become – a basketball program as elite as the institution it represents – and I’m ecstatic to be joining him back in Charleston in the relentless pursuit of that goal. Go Dogs!”

“John has an extremely bright future in coaching. He brings the same competitive energy and consistency to coaching and recruiting that he brought to our program in his days as a player,” said Conroy. “I’m thrilled to bring him back to The Citadel where he will be a great asset in mentoring and developing our cadet student athletes.”

Reynolds served on the staff at University of South Carolina from 2017-22, closing out his tenure as Special Assistant to head coach Frank Martin and overseeing on-campus recruiting. The Gamecocks gathered 75 wins in that five-year span. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Presbyterian College for four seasons under longtime Blue Hose head coach Gregg Nibert, who earned his 400th career win with Reynolds on the sidelines. He served as interim head coach upon Nibert’s retirement in the spring of 2017.

The Columbia, S.C. native was a four-year letterwinner at The Citadel from 2007-11 as a member of one of the winningest classes in school history. The Bulldogs gathered 52 wins in that four-year span, including the program’s last 20-win season in 2008-09, a feat matched only one other time at The Citadel, while securing a postseason bid to the Tournament. Reynolds was named Scout Team Player of the Year twice and was a three-time Southern Conference (SoCon) All-Academic Team selection. Reynolds was a member of Golf Company and earned his Bachelor’s in Sport Management.

The former 6’0″ guard started his coaching career in Mississippi at NCAA Division II Delta State for two seasons as an assistant coach. The Statesmen improved by five wins between the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Reynolds is married to the former Alexis Kocher and the couple has two children, son, John Jr., and daughter, Millie.

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