The 2010-11 season will be Dr. Brett Reed’s fourth as the Murray H. Goodman ’48 Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Lehigh University. In three years on the sideline Reed has the most victories by a Lehigh head coach in their first three seasons, and he has won over 73-percent of his games at Stabler Arena, which is second best on the Lehigh leader board. In addition, Reed owns the highest winning percentage of any current head coach in the entire Patriot League on the Division I level. In 2009-10 Reed led Lehigh to its second Patriot League Tournament championship, its first outright regular season league title in school annals, the most wins in school history, and the most wins at Stabler Arena in its history. The Mountain Hawks also led the Patriot League in scoring offense, scoring margin, three-point percentage, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds and their 220 made three-pointers established a new school record.
During Lehigh’s championship season of 2009-10, Reed mentored C.J. McCollum, who became the first player in Patriot League history to be named the Player and Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team from the Sporting News and collegeinsider.com. Reed also had three other players earn All-League laurels with seniors Marquis Hall and Zahir Carrington named to the Second Team and freshman Gabe Knutson on the All-Rookie squad. In addition Hall received his second consecutive Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year award and Lehigh’s starting five of Dave Buchberger, Carrington, Hall, McCollum and Knutson achieved an average grade point average of 3.2.
"I’ve known Brett Reed for over ten years, and was fortunate to have him on my staff and watched him develop as a coach," former Lehigh and current University of Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery explained. "I strongly believe Brett is one of the best young coaches in the country. His performance this past year was as good as or better than anyone in our profession. He’s an excellent basketball coach on the floor, has incredible demeanor on the sideline and has proven that he is a top-notch recruiter."
During the 2008-09 season Reed led the Mountain Hawks to some very noteworthy accomplishments and continued to build upon the solid foundation established at the beginning of his career at Lehigh. The 2008-09 accomplishments included Lehigh’s most non-league wins ever, the best start to a season in decades, the most overall road wins since 1991 and the school’s first-ever victory over a member of the Big East. Reed also mentored a pair of All-Patriot League selections in Marquis Hall and Zahir Carrington. Hall went onto became Lehigh’s first-ever Patriot League Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Carrington was the school’s first All-District selection since 1988.
In his first-ever season as a collegiate head coach Reed led the Mountain Hawks to the third most wins for a first-year headman in the 108-season history of Lehigh Basketball. Reed’s immediate impact was especially significant considering Lehigh lost 3,375 career points from the previous year’s senior class and had a very young roster that consisted of 10 of 14 players either in their freshmen or sophomore years. Despite those factors, Reed guided the team to more wins than the previous season and the second most victories in the 30-year history of Stabler Arena. Reed also mentored the Mountain Hawks second consecutive Patriot League Rookie of the Year in Rob Keefer as Lehigh became the first school in the league to accomplish that feat. In addition, Reed oversaw a defensive unit that held league foe Bucknell to just 39 points on February 27, 2008 – the second fewest points ever allowed by the Brown and White since the inception of Patriot League play in 1990.
"I am very proud of the success Brett has had as the head men’s basketball coach at Lehigh University, culminating this past season with a Patriot League regular season and tournament championships," explained Reed’s predecessor and current Ball State University head coach Billy Taylor. "Brett is extremely intelligent, hard working and passionate about the game of basketball and is a terrific role model for the young men in his program. I am excited by what Brett has been able to accomplish in his short time as the head coach at Lehigh and am confident that he will continue to be successful for many years to come."
Reed, who is one of only 29 Division I men’s basketball head coaches in America under the age of 40, was named Lehigh’s head coach on August 10, 2007. He had been an assistant at Lehigh for the previous five years, serving as associate head coach for the 2006-07 season. "I am honored to be named the Murray H. Goodman Head Men’s Basketball Coach here at Lehigh University," Reed said at the time of his appointment. "It is a privilege to represent one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. I would like to thank (Lehigh Goodman Dean of Athletics) Dr. Joe Sterrett for his ongoing support and confidence in my professional capabilities."
"Brett Reed is respected by our student-athletes, he is an excellent teacher and communicator, and he has been an extremely productive recruiter," explained Lehigh Goodman Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett. "I admire his values, his work ethic, his energy, and his devotion to our players, their education, and their experience."
During his time at Lehigh as assistant and later associate head coach, Reed performed numerous duties including the coordination of recruitment, academic mentoring, detailed scouting of opponents and overall player development. He has been very instrumental in securing six consecutive seasons in the upper half of the Patriot League as well as securing the Mountain Hawks 2004 Patriot League Championship and two of the winningest seasons in school history (2003-04, 2005-06).
Prior to coming to Lehigh, Reed served as the top assistant coach at High Point University in North Carolina for two seasons. Reed was an integral part of the coaching staff that led the Panthers to the Big South Championship game in 2002. Included in that two-year period, Reed recruited a league Rookie of the Year, and a Player of the Year.
Reed spent the 1999-2000 season as the Director of Basketball Operations at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro and he began his collegiate coaching career at Oakland (Mich.) Community College where he was an assistant for his father’s program.
A native of Waterford, Michigan, Reed attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where he contributed at point guard and helped lead his team to a conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Reed graduated with honors, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1995 before earning his Master’s at Wayne State in 1998. In 2003, Reed received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Instructional Technology with a Cognate in Sports Administration. He is one of only three Division I men’s basketball head coaches in the entire nation to have earned their doctorate degree. Reed was also honored during his academic career with a number of awards including the prestigious Thomas C. Rumbell Fellowship.
Reed and his wife Kindra reside in Bethlehem with their son Brendan (6) and daughter Makenna (5).