Reggie Theus

Reggie Theus (born October 13, 1957)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach, athletic director
Current team: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats
Current conference: Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)
New Mexico State record: 41-23 (.641)
Cal State Northridge record: 44-105 (.295) **
Bethune-Cookman record: 9-21 (.300)
Overall record^: 94-149 (.387) **

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (2007)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • WAC Tournament Champion:  1  (2007)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2021-present Bethune-Cookman
2013-2018 Cal State Northridge
2012-2013 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2009-2011 Minnesota Timberwolves (asst)
2007-2008 Sacramento Kings
2005-2007 New Mexico State
2003-2005 Louisville (asst)

Reggie Theus Facts

  • Reginald Wayne Theus
  • Born October 13, 1957
  • Hometown: Inglewood, California
  • Alma Mater: California Coast University (BA, 2002) / Central Michigan University (BA)
  • Graduated from Inglewood HS outside of Los Angeles and went on to start at UNLV under legendary head coach Jerry Tarkanian
    • Inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989 and had his #23 jersey retired in 1997
    • Left school early to pursue an NBA career; drafted #9 overall in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls
  • Spent fifteen years as a professional player, including thirteen in the NBA with the Bulls, Kings, Hawks, Magic and Nets; was a two-time NBA All-Star
    • Head coaches he played for include Jerry Sloan, Phil Johnson, Paul Westhead, Kevin Loughery, Mike Fratello, Matt Guokas and Bill Fitch
    • After retiring, Theus worked in television as a basketball analyst and also had some film roles playing himself
  • Started his coaching career in 2003 as an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville; was part of Cardinals’ 2005 Final Four team
  • Two years later, Theus was hired to be the head coach at New Mexico State
    • Led the Aggies to a 25-win season and trip to the NCAA Tournament in his second year
  • Returned to the NBA as head coach of the Sacramento Kings in 2007; went 44-62 and was let go during the 2008-09 season
    • Worked as one of Kurt Rambis’ assistants from 2009-11 with the Minnesota Timberwolves and then spent one year coaching the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League (now the South Bay Lakers of the G-League)
  • Hired in 2013 to be the head coach at Cal State Northridge in his native Los Angeles
    • Had all nine victories from the 2014-15 season due to academic fraud committed by one of his assistants (Theus was cleared)
    • After five sub-.500 seasons with the Matadors, Theus was fired in March 2018
  • Served as the head coach of the Bivouac team in the BIG3 league for their first two seasons (2019-21)
  • In July 2021, Theus was hired to become the head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at Bethune-Cookman
  • Along with his wife, Elaine, has three children including a son, Reggie Jr., that played for the Matadors

Reggie Theus Coaching Tree

  • Glenn Cyprien (Memphis Hustle, Iowa Wolves)
  • Kenny Natt (Sacramento Kings)
  • Tony Stubblefield (DePaul)

 

^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only

** Listed records for this coach do not include wins or appearances later vacated by the NCAA

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