Southern Utah University men's basketball coach Roger Reid calling it a career

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 6:00 p.m. MST

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.

Upon his return to the collegiate ranks in 2005, he led the Snow College Badgers to a 23-8 record and a Scenic West Athletic Conference regular-season championship as well as a No. 18 national ranking. He was named the 2007 Scenic West Conference Coach of the Year.

In his first year at SUU, Reid led the Thunderbirds to their first winning record in league play in five years. In his second year, he led the Thunderbirds to their first post-season win in six years.

"In our third year, we essentially started over with eight freshmen and two sophomores,"?Reid recalled. "Since then, this group has improved in the win column every year and next year's team will be laden with veterans. I am excited for their future."

This season, the Thunderbirds won their most road games in 11 years, a notable achievement considering the team's extensive travel schedule.

"Coach Reid is a dear friend and I will always admire and appreciate his work ethic and commitment to the young men he has coached,"?stated SUU President Michael Benson. "To win over 200 Division I games is a notable accomplishment but even more important are the lessons he has taught and the values he has instilled in the young men he has coached for nearly four decades."?

"Coach Reid is an iconic figure in the world of coaching and his name is synonymous with basketball in the state of Utah,"?noted SUU Board of Trustees Chair Gayle Pollock. "Over the past 38 years his passion for the game and tireless work ethic have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers. We collectively wish Coach Reid and his dear wife Diane the best in their future endeavors."?

Even though he is retiring, 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.

"I am sure I will get the itch to coach again," Reid said. "But for now, I am ready to move on.

"I am humbled for the opportunities I have had here,"?Reid went on to say. "As I start to reflect on my coaching career, the many great wins and moments that I have enjoyed start coming into sharp focus. But what most people will never see, and what I have enjoyed the most, is the thousands of hours spent studying and teaching the game and preparing young men to be the best players and students that they can be. I believe those intimate experiences on the basketball floor have been the most meaningful to me."

Reid and his wife Diane are the parents of five children and they have 11 grandchildren.

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