Nov. 10, 2012
Head coach Buzz Williams has announced the addition of collegiate veteran Jeff Reynolds to the staff as director of basketball operations for the 2012-13 campaign.
Reynolds assumes the responsibilities of first-year staff member Jerry Wainwright, who will move to the position of assistant coach for the rest of the season.
"We are very thankful that coach Reynolds has agreed to fill the position thru the academic year," Williams said. It's extremely uncommon to have an opportunity like this, to hire someone with his experience and knowledge at this late of a date.
"His hiring obviously strengthens our team for the 2012-13 season, while also giving us the flexibility to decide at the end of the year what is best, relative to our staff, on the direction for everyone to go at that point," Williams added.
Reynolds most recently spent five seasons (2007-08 through 2011-12) as the head coach at Air Force, where he helped the Falcons to a postseason appearance in the CollegeInsider.com tournament. Previous to taking over the head coaching duties at Air Force, Reynolds served as an assistant coach for two seasons. In the two years, the Falcons were one of just 17 teams in NCAA Division I to win at least 50 games total.
Reynolds came to the Academy after serving as an assistant coach at Tulane for five seasons. During his time at Tulane, Reynolds coached Linton Johnson, who has played in the NBA for six seasons, most recently with the Phoenix Suns. Johnson was a member of the San Antonio Spurs when they won the NBA championship in 2005.
Prior to his stint at Tulane, Reynolds served as the head coach at Division II Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., where he logged an impressive 61-27 record in three seasons.
In those three seasons, Reynolds built the program into a Division II powerhouse. In 1999-2000, his team led the nation in scoring defense and posted an impressive 26-4 record, closing the year with a final national ranking of No. 7 and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1998-99, Reynolds guided Wingate to its first NCAA Tournament bid, as well as its first national ranking, and the Bulldogs closed that season with a 23-6 mark as Reynolds earned South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors.
As the top assistant coach at his alma mater, UNC-Greensboro, from 1995-97, Reynolds helped the program to the 1996 Big South Championship and a bid to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. The Spartans fell to Elite Eight team Cincinnati, 66-61, in the first round.
Prior to that, he served for four years as the top assistant at UNC-Wilmington, helping the Seahawks to Colonial Athletic Association Most Improved Team honors in 1992.
Reynolds began his coaching career at James Madison University in 1981, serving as a part-time assistant for a team which won 24 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1982. He went on to Division II power Randolph-Macon College, which reeled off three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and earned a No. 4 national ranking in the final poll of 1984.
He logged one year as the head coach of North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1985-86, leading the program to a 21-7 mark and the Dixie Conference Championship, before moving on to Winthrop College as an assistant coach for four years. At Winthrop, he was directly involved in the team's transition from Division II to Division I, and, in 1988, the school captured the Big South Conference Championship.
Reynolds, 56, is married to the former Janet Montgomery and the couple resides in Colorado Springs.