Billy Reid, a former collegiate coach at the NCAA Division I level and professional player and coach, is in his first year as the Director of Basketball Operations at Southern Miss under Larry Eustachy.
Reid comes to Southern Miss after serving as the Head Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics at Laurinburg (Prep) Institute in Laurinburg, N.C., during the 2005-06 academic year. He led his team to a 24-1 record and a No. 5 ranking in the National Prep Polls. Reid spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., the three years prior to that (2001-04) at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, Calif.,and as the top assistant during 2000-01 at Rhode Island.
In all three positions, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting and player development, as well as monitoring player's academic progress. From 1992-00, he coached internationally in France, serving as a player/coach from 1992-96 with Mont-De-Marian (1992-95) and Avignon Basketball Club (1995-96) and then was the head coach for the next three years with the same club, recording a 101-72 record. His teams finished in the Top-10 every year, placing fourth overall in 1996.
Reid played professionally for 12 years both in the United States and internationally, including stints with the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, the CBA and internationally in Japan and Taiwan (1981-83), Venezuela (1982-83), Spain, Italy and France (1983-92). He also played in the 1990 and 1992 European Cup Games. He has coached numerous youth camps and clinics at such places as Clemson University, New York City (YMCA and other youth clinics) and in France. He also served as the camp director and member of the board of selection for the Moroccan National Team in 1999.
Reid earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from San Francisco in 1990 and received both a basketball coaching degree from the Federation Francoise de Basketball (1997) and a degree in physical education (1998) while in France.
During his collegiate playing days, Reid was a member of the University of New Mexico squad as a freshman. He was a teammate of Michael Cooper there as the Lobos led the nation in attendance that season. Reid then transferred to San Francisco, where he played on two NCAA Sweet Sixteen teams and was ranked No. 1 in the nation at one time during his tenure. He was teammates with Bill Cartwright, while playing for the Dons.
Reid, and wife Laurence, have five sons -William III (13), Malcolm (11), Elijah (9), Teddy (7) and Noah (5).