Roger Reid

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Roger Reid
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1946-08-03) August 3, 1946 (age 72)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1974 Payson HS
1974–1978 Clearfield HS
1978–1989 BYU (asst.)
1989–1996 BYU
1998–2003 Phoenix Suns (asst.)
2003–2005 Hangzhou Horses
2005–2007 Snow CC
2007–2012 Southern Utah
Accomplishments and honors
WAC regular season championship (1990, 1992, 1993)
WAC Tournament championship (1991, 1992)
2× WAC Coach of the Year (1990, 1992)

Roger L. Reid (born August 3, 1946) is an American former college basketball coach who most recently guided the Southern Utah University (SUU) men's basketball team. He was head coach at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1989 to 1996, assistant coach for the NBA's Phoenix Suns, and played for former NBA coach Dick Motta at Weber State University. He has also coached at the high school, junior college and international levels.

High school and college[edit]

Reid attended Springville High School in Springville, Utah and was an all-state performer in both baseball and basketball. He went on to play both sports at the College of Eastern Utah and was recognized as a junior college All-American in baseball. Reid concluded his collegiate playing days at Weber State earning all conference honors in baseball both seasons he played and was also a key player for coach Dick Motta's Big Sky Conference championship team in basketball.

Minor League Baseball[edit]

After finishing college, Reid was drafted and played professionally, as a shortstop, for both the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox minor league farm systems over four seasons (eventually playing at the AAA level).

Coaching career[edit]

High school[edit]

In 1971, Reid embarked on his basketball coaching career at Payson High School in Utah. He compiled a 50-26 in three seasons before moving on to Clearfield High School in 1974. He finished coaching at the northern Utah high school with a 60-24 record.


Reid became a member of Frank Arnold's staff at BYU in 1978 and stayed on as an assistant under LaDell Andersen when he replaced Arnold. He was named as BYU head coach in 1989.[1] His BYU teams were consistent winners and Reid led them to a 152-77 (.667) record. BYU also made five NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships during his tenure.

His success did not prevent him from being disliked by some BYU fans and players. Reid's sons, Randy and Robbie (both heavily recruited by other schools), decided to play for their father at BYU. Some disgruntled alumni were not pleased that the Reids were playing for the Cougars, and some insinuated that Reid's decision to play his sons amounted to nepotism. By 1996, Reid's coaching future at BYU was in doubt. Some school administrators strongly suggested that getting Chris Burgess, a highly touted player from Irvine, California to play for the Cougars could save Reid's job. Burgess was a Mormon, and his father had played for BYU. In the end, Burgess told Reid that he was going to play for Duke. Upon hearing this, Reid allegedly told him that he had let down all members of the LDS church.[2] Reid was dismissed on December 17, 1996 as BYU head coach shortly after the recruiting incident. Reid has stated since then that his remarks to Burgess were taken out of context.[2] BYU had started the season 1-7 after being decimated by injuries; assistant Tony Ingle replaced Reid for the rest of what would become a 1-25 season—the worst in school history. Although his comments to Burgess have frequently been cited by the media and many associated with BYU as the primary reason for Reid's dismissal, a more likely cause was a combination of those remarks, old charges of nepotism, and the fact that, despite recent conference success, his team was struggling to draw half-capacity crowds for even the most significant home games in the 22,700-seat Marriott Center.[3]

Reid's son Robbie did not return to BYU after serving a two-year LDS church mission to Greece. He attended the University of Michigan instead and became a two-year starter for the Wolverines to close out his college basketball career.

Phoenix Suns[edit]

Reid was hired by former BYU and NBA player Danny Ainge to be an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. During his five years with the Suns they made two playoff appearances.

Hangzhou Horses[edit]

Reid coached the Hangzhou Horses in China's top professional league for two years.

Snow College[edit]

On May 9, 2005, Reid was hired as the head basketball coach for the Snow College Badgers.[4] His teams at Snow compiled an overall record of 33-28 in two seasons including a 23-8 mark for the 2006-2007 season.

Southern Utah[edit]

On March 14, 2007, SUU President Michael Benson announced the hiring of Roger Reid to replace Coach Bill Evans. Reid coached for five seasons, then retired from coaching on March 8, 2012.[5]

Reid finished his run at Southern Utah with a 54-97 record.


  1. ^ Harmon, Dick (June 25, 2006). "The road less traveled". Deseret News. Archived from the original on June 27, 2006. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Rock, Brad (May 10, 2005). "Pro, college or prep, Reid loves to coach". Deseret News. Archived from the original on May 24, 2005. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
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  4. ^ Hinton, Bryan (May 10, 2005). "Snow College welcomes Reid". Deseret News. Archived from the original on May 24, 2005.
  5. ^ "Roger Reid". Southern Utah. Retrieved December 21, 2016.

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