ASSISTANT COACH RICHARD REED RECEIVES SERVICE AWARD AT THE NABC AWARDS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State assistant men’s basketball coach Richard Reed received the Guardians of the Game Service Award at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) 80th-Annual Convention this past weekend in Atlanta.
On a night when Texas’ Kevin Durant was named the Div. I Player of the Year and Butler’s Todd Lickliter was named the Div. I Coach of the Year, Reed was one of four coaches from across the nation to receive a Guardians of the Game Award. The service award is given to the coach that best helps those in need and gives the extra effort to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors through volunteering and giving. Guardian of the Game awards were also given for education, leadership and advocacy.
Reed just completed his first season on Sacramento State’s staff after coaching stints at Northern Colorado (2005-06), Loyola Marymount (2002-05), Cal Poly Pomona (2000-02) and La Verne (1999-00). With the Hornets, Reed works with the team’s post players while assisting with academics, recruiting, on-floor coaching and scouting.
During his coaching career, some of his community involvement has included coordinating the “Bears for Books” program where players tutored youth in reading skills, and the “Adopt a School” program where local elementary school students come to campus to play different sports and learn about academics and the dangers of drugs.
In addition, he has served as a guest speaker at the St. Stephen’s Baptist Church (La Puente, Calif.), managed a “School is Cool” reading program in which team members tutored youth in reading and mathematics, coordinated Shriners Hospital visits where players visited patients, and the “Into the Streets” program where local elementary school students came to campus to be tutored in basketball and academic skills.