Keon Reid Announced as the Next Head Coach of UC Davis
June 11th, 2007
DAVIS -- Today, UC Davis announced that Keon Reid would be their head basketball coach for their first season in the Big West conference. The Aggies had spent the previous few seasons as an independent team after moving up from Division II in 2004.
UC Davis finished 5-20 last season in their fourth season under head coach Garry Stewart. Stewart was released at the end of the year, with the school citing that they would like to "go in another direction" with their basketball program.
Keon Reid is certainly a different direction. The 30-year-old has spent the past two years as an AAU coach and trainer. Reid trained various semi-pro, collegiate, and European players while also leading one of the best AAU teams in the state. Before that, he spent several seasons on the Sacramento Kings staff in the video and training room. Many would call Reid underqualified, and that would be true if you look at his coaching experience. However, Keon Reid has experience working with players of all levels and was a JUCO basketball star himself.
Reid grew up in Oakland and knows the NorCal basketball scene as well as anyone. He brings a charisma and swagger to the Aggies that few collegiate coaches bring.
When UC Davis comes up in collegiate circles, the first thing most would recognize is their academic prowess. The school is one of the best in the nation and produces some of the brightest minds in the world. However, in the 90s, the Aggies were one of the very best Division-II teams in the NCAA, with six straight tournament appearances and a national title. In 2004, the school moved up to Division-I. It played three seasons as an independent and will now move into the Big West.