On Dec. 17, BYU announced that Roger Reid had stepped down as men’s basketball coach. Reid is still employed by BYU, and following a period of administrative leave, it is hoped he will remain at the university in a yet-to-be-determined position.
Assistant coach Tony Ingle has assumed responsibilities as interim head coach, and the search for a new head coach is expected to be completed before the end of the current basketball season.
Assistant coach Lynn Archibald was appointed director of basketball operations and will continue to assist Ingle with recruiting and other basketball-related matters as his strength will allow. Archibald is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer which was diagnosed in 1993. Assistant coach Russ Zaugg has been retained as an assistant to Ingle, and Greg Kite, who played for BYU from 197983 and in the NBA from 198396, has been hired as an interim assistant coach for the remainder of the season.
Reid has been at BYU since 1978, spending his first 11 years as assistant basketball coach under Frank Arnold and Ladell Andersen and then as head coach for the past seven and one-half years. As head coach, he compiled a winning percentage of .680 (151 wins and 71 losses)–the highest of any BYU basketball coach in the modern era.
In making the announcement, athletics director Rondo Fehlberg praised Reid’s record but cited declining attendance at home games and lack of fan and booster support as reasons for the change.
Ingle has been an assistant to Reid for the past seven and one-half years. Prior to that, he was head basketball coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Gordon College in Barnesville, Georgia, where he compiled a combined record of 70 wins and 51 losses.