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Keith Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Roger Reid speaks during a press conference where he was announced as the new head basketball coach at Snow College in Ephraim.

Roger Reid will once again be coaching in Utah.

Reid, the most-winning coach in BYU basketball history, was named head coach of the Snow College basketball team Monday.

During eight years as head coach in Provo — a tenure that ended with his firing in December 1996 — Reid compiled a 152-77 record. He led the Cougars to three conference championships, two conference tournament championships and five NCAA tournament appearances.

"It's an honor for me to be at Snow College," Reid said. "I am excited about the opportunity. This is where I want to be."

Snow College President Michael T. Benson welcomed the opportunity for a veteran basketball coach at his school during the press conference held in Salt Lake City.

"This is a big day for Snow College," he said. "(Reid) has a contagious enthusiasm that will be great for the program."

Reid replaces Jon Judkins, who was hired last month as the new head coach at Dixie State College.

Reid was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns for five years before becoming the head coach of the Hangzhou Horses of China's professional basketball league.

"China was a great experience," he said. "I had nothing to lose by going over there."

Reid has been a head coach at nearly every level of basketball — high school, junior college, university, NBA and international.

Reid said the decision to move to Snow was an easy one because he grew up in Springville.

"I could tell you all you need to know about Snow College, " he said. "I grew up in this state. I have lots of respect for the coaches and players (in Utah). I know this league. I know how tough it is."

While at BYU, Reid graduated 97 percent of his players.

"That's what attracted him to me," Benson said. "We like to recruit the best students."

Reid has a reputation for developing tough defensive teams. His style takes after his mentor, Dick Motta, whom he played for at Weber State. Reid stresses fundamentals and team play.

Reid was drafted into professional baseball out of Weber State. He spent four years as a shortstop in the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves farm systems. He advanced as high as Triple-A.

His baseball travels got him used to the long bus rides he'll now face at Snow.

Reid said while he was with the Suns, they would fly everywhere with plenty of food to go around on the airplane. He looks forward to coaching in a more humble league.

"It gets to be all about 'me, me, me,' " he said. "I want to be somewhere where men love the game."

Reid bio

• Had 152-77 record in Provo, good for .667 winning percentage.

• Has 32 years of coaching experience — 16 as a head coach.

• As a player, competed at Springville High, CEU and Weber State.

• The last Cougar coach to win a game in the NCAA tournament.

• Had six 20-win seasons at BYU with three conference titles.

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