Southern Utah hires former BYU coach Reid

Updated: March 13, 2007, 9:48 PM ET
Associated Press

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Southern Utah hired former Brigham Young coach Roger Reid to lead the Thunderbirds.

Reid replaces Bill Evans, who was let go last week after 15 years at Southern Utah.

Reid, who has spent the past two seasons at Snow College in Utah, coached BYU from 1989-1996, going 152-77. He reached 20 wins six times and took the Cougars to five NCAA Tournaments.

"We want to build a winning program that competes for conference championships and the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament," Reid said Tuesday.

"If there's a conference champion, and that conference champion advances to the NCAA Tournament, it might as well be us," he said.

Reid was fired early in his eighth season after the Cougars got off to a 1-6 start and attendance dwindled at BYU home games.

Reid also spent five seasons as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns and coached in China.

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