Bethune-Cookman Names Head Men's Basketball CoachApril 8, 2002
DAYTONA BEACH, FL --After a nationwide search leaving only three finalists,
Bethune-Cookman College found what they were looking for right at home
- naming former Cage Cat and assistant coach Clifford Reed, Jr. as the
new mens basketball head coach on Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Adams
Mark Room of the Wendell P. Holmes Business Building on B-CCs campus.
The search was narrowed down to Clifford Reed, Jr. (B-CC Assistant Coach), Michael Grant (Head Mens basketball coach at Central State University) and Ajac Triplett (head mens basketball coach at Brevard Community College).
The committee felt that Clifford Reeds familiarity with the program, his passion for teaching basketball and young men along with his preparation made him the logical selection for this position, said the B-CC Athletic Director Lynn Thompson.
Coach Reed first served as assistant coach for B-CC during the 1991-1992 season under Coach Jack Cy McClairen. Then returned in 1997 as assistant coach under Horace Broadnax until 2002. Reed began his collegiate playing career at St. Johns River Community College from 1983 to 1985. He then transferred to Daytona Beach Community College and received his Associates degree. Upon graduating the Ormond Beach native finished up his basketball eligibility at B-CC. From 1989-1991 Reed embarked on a stellar career as a Wildcat. He scored over 1,200 points in two seasons and set a single-game school record for three-point field goals with seven.
Coach Reed stepped in as the B-CC Interim Head Coach on January 31 2002 after the resignation of Horace Broadnax. As Interim Head Coach, Reed compiled a record of 6-4 overall and a 5-3 conference record defeating Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouse South Carolina State and conference rival Florida A&M University. The team ended the season with a 12-17 overall, 8-10 conference record and made it to the second round of the MEAC Tournament before being defeated by Howard University 71-52.
Coach Reed has always had a good relationship with the players as an assistant coach. He tries to get all his players to work hard on and off the court. He has a good player coach relationship, said Wildcat starting forward and MEAC leading scorer Richard Toussaint. We used to talk personally and he would tell me things I needed to work on for the rest of the season and that helped me a lot.