Cliff Reed - 2012
Cliff Reed joins the Georgia Southern Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff for the 2012-13 season after working 14 seasons at his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman, including 10 and 1/4 years as the Head Coach of the Wildcats.
In 291 career games in charge of the Wildcats, Reed posted a 125-166 record, posting winning seasons in his final three seasons in Daytona Beach, Fla. Reed’s Wildcats finished at 17-16 in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
In 2010-11 Reed took Bethune-Cookman to its first MEAC Regular Season Championship behind a 21-13 record and a seven-game winning streak to close the regular season. The Wildcats earned a trip to the NIT, traveling to face Virginia Tech. After the season, Reed was named MEAC Coach of the Year and NABC District 15 Coach of the Year.
In 2005-06 the Wildcats earned their first win over a power conference foe, downing South Florida 75-68 in overtime on December 28th, 2005. That year, Bethune-Cookman recorded its first non-losing season in 25 seasons of Division I play. For his efforts, Reed was named CollegeInsider.com Coach of the Year.
The 1991 graduate of Bethune-Cookman College is one of the most respected coaches in the nation. Not having showcase facilities meant nothing to the B-CC grad who knows that winning is contagious, and that love, team work and dedication are the building blocks to winning.
Reed began his rising coaching career back in 1992 as the Boy’s Junior Varsity basketball head coach at Mainland Senior High School in Daytona Beach. In 1994, he guided the Buccaneers to a 19-7 record and the Junior Varsity championship. After serving for two years in that position, he became the inaugural head Boy’s Varsity coach at Atlantic High School, just minutes from his home in Daytona Beach.
During his tenure at Atlantic High School, Reed led the Sharks to back-to-back District 8 titles on the Class 4-A level. He finished with an overall record of 40-48. He spent three years with the Sharks program from 1995-98.
But his calling was to one day coach on the collegiate level, and he was given the chance while serving as an assistant coach under legendary Bethune-Cookman football and basketball head coach, and current Associate Director of Athletics at Bethune-Cookman University, Jack “Cy” McClairen for one season during the 1991-92 campaign. This one year eventually led to Reed’s acceptance to the staff of Horace Broadnax.
Reed played for two years at Bethune-Cookman College after transferring from St. John’s River Community College. He he averaged 18 points per game from 1983-85 at SJRCC. While at St. John’s, Reed was named to the 1984-85 Mid-Florida All-Conference team.
After arriving at Bethune-Cookman, Moore Gymnasium became a staple for this “Cage Cat” as he set a then single-game school record for three-point field goals made (7), and scored over 1,200 points in just two seasons with the ‘Cats. In his two years with the ‘Cats, Reed scored an average of 21 points per game.
Reed graduated from B-CC with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education after receiving an associate degree from Daytona Beach Community College. In 2012, Reed earned his masters degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University. He is a native of Ormond Beach, Florida and currently lives in Statesboro. He is married to Vera Reed, and they have one son, Clifford Jervon (CJ) Reed — a standout high school player at Atlantic HS in Daytona Beach and now a senior point guard for the Eagles. C.J. was named the 2008-2009 MEAC “Rookie of the Year” and MEAC as well as HBCU National Player of the Year in 2010-11. C.J. led B-CU all major stat categories throughout his career at Bethune-Cookman.