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Larry Reynolds Named Head Coach
At Long Beach State--(Apr. 2, 2002)

In a move that surprised no one, Long Beach State yesterday announced the hiring of Larry Reynolds as the new men's basketball coach, replacing Wayne Morgan, who announced his resignation before the end of this past season.    Reynolds brings with him a tradition of winning SoCal-based basketball and should help to revitalize the level of recruiting from local and west coast talent at the school.  Here's the official press release which was issued by Cal State University Long Beach yesterday:

April 1, 2002

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Long Beach, CA--A new era in Long Beach State basketball began today as Larry Reynolds was introduced as the 15th head men’s basketball coach in 49er history. Director of Athletics Bill Shumard introduced Reynolds on Monday morning at The Pyramid.

Reynolds had been the head men’s coach at Cal State San Bernardino for the past five years. This season the Coyotes were 28-2, advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, won their third consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) title and were ranked #1 in the nation during the season. Reynolds, who has been selected as the CCAA Coach of the Year four consecutive times, accumulated a five-year mark of 110-35 (.759) and won three league titles. CS San Bernardino advanced to two Elite Eight appearances (1999, 2002) under his guidance and Reynolds was selected as the NABC District 8 Coach of the Year following the 1998-99 campaign.

In 1999, the Coyotes defeated Seattle Pacific, 74-67, in Ellensburg, WA to earn its first trip to the Elite Eight. CSUSB fell to North Florida in quarterfinal action This year, CSUSB hosted the West Regional in San Bernardino. The Coyotes defeated CS Bakersfield in the regional semifinals, 66-61, and then earned its second Elite Eight appearance with an 80-65 win over Humboldt State. In 2001 the Coyotes fell just one game short of another Elite Eight appearance, falling to Western Washington, 58-55, on Western’s home court in Bellingham, WA. 

Reynolds began his coaching career at UC Riverside in 1979. For 16 years he was the associate head coach at UCR under John Masi. During that time the Highlanders had 12 twenty-plus win seasons, 10 NCAA Tournament bids, eight CCAA championships and three Elite Eight appearances, including a second place NCAA finish in 1995. In 1995 Reynolds was an assistant coach at the University of San Francisco. The Dons were 31-25 in those two seasons, advancing to the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game in 1997.

A 1976 graduate of UC Riverside, Reynolds earned his degree in urban studies. While at UCR, he was a conference Most Valuable Player on the basketball court and later earned his master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 1993.  


2001-02   28-2 (.933)   Elite Eight/West RegionChampions/CCAA Champions
2000-01   24-4 (.857)   West Region Finalists/CCAA Champions
1999-00   23-6 (.793)   West Region Semifinalists/CCAAChampions
1998-99   23-8 (.742)   Elite Eight/West Region Champions
1997-98   12-15 (.444)  
TOTALS   110-35 (.759)   2 Elite Eight appearances / 4 NCAA appearances / 3 CCAA Championships

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