The University of Northern Colorado announced Tuesday the addition of Chadron State College head men's basketball coach Houston Reed to its bench, naming him its assistant men's basketball coach. He will join his former teammate, Steve Smiley, who played two seasons with him at Northern State University under coach Don Meyer. Smiley was named UNC's head coach last week.
Smiley said that it is special for him to announce the hiring of Reed as a new member of his staff.
"He is not only a great coach, but he's a lifelong friend of mine, my college teammate, and somebody that I've respected and valued for too many years to count," Smiley said. "Coach Reed has had a fantastic career of his own, and he's moved up the ranks of the basketball coaching world one stop at a time, always as a head coach."
Reed leaves the CSC program with a solid core of rising upperclassmen, including five who will be seniors and three juniors. Four of them — Walker Andrew, Brady Delimont, Jacob Jefferson, and Kayden Sund — will have been with the Eagles for at least two full seasons and were all part of a 2018-19 team that posted double-digit wins in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for the first time in seven years.
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"I'm thankful for the opportunity and trust given by athletic director Joel Smith and President Randy Rhine the last four years to lead the men's basketball program at CSC," said Reed. "Our mission has always been to lead young men and create future leaders. My family and I are thankful for the Chadron community and the relationships we were able to develop in our time here."
In each of his four seasons at CSC, at least one Eagles men's basketball player has garnered All-RMAC honorable mention from the league's coaches, and in 2019-20 he had two players on the list.
His recruiting classes were among the best in the league year in and year out. He signed three state players of the year, at least 13 All-State players altogether, five with NCAA Division I experience, and numerous junior college transfers.
Reed heads to Greeley with a career head coaching record of 196-228, including his 10 seasons at Otero College, where he coached head to head against Smiley, who was at Sheridan College six seasons. Reed's record at Chadron State was 22-88 over four seasons.
"I'm happy for Coach Reed and his family," said Smith. "This is the best situation for them right now. We will move forward to address our needs in the best way we can."
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