|HEAD COACH HOUSTON REED|
Houston Reed enters his third season in Chadron after serving as head men’s basketball coach for the previous 10 years at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado. All told, he has put together a career record of 180-188, with an even more impressive 123-94 mark over the past seven years.
During his final five years at Otero, the Rattlers won the highly competitive NJCAA Region IX Tournament in 2012, made a repeat appearance in the title game in 2013, and in his final season there, won the Region IX South Division in 2015-16 with a 15-1 conference record. Reed was voted the Region IX Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2016.
In 2012, by virtue of winning the regional, Reed took his program to its first-ever NJCAA national tournament appearance, where they advanced to the Elite 8.
While at Otero, Reed coached 29 academic all-region and 12 academic All-American players. Four of his teams finished in the top-20 nationally for team grade point average. He placed 67 players to four-year institutions, including six to NCAA Division I schools in the past two years.
Reed's first two seasons in Chadron have not been without their setbacks, however he is steadily changing the culture of CSC men's basketball and building from the ground up.
He began in 2016-17, bringing in guard Jaisean Jackson and forward Myles Busby, and securing exhibition games against the University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming. Last season the Eagles won at Nebraska-Kearney for the first time in nine seasons, and scored the program's first victory over Bellevue University since 1987. The Bruins went on to win their conference and make the NAIA tournament. Reed's most recent recruiting class includes two-time Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year Trey Hladky, as well as Division I transfers Diontae Champion and Chuck Gavin.
Prior to OJC, Reed was head boys’ basketball coach at Rocky Ford High School in Colorado, where he took a winless team to the Colorado 2A Sweet-16 in only two seasons.
As a player from 1998-2002, Reed first starred at OJC, where he holds the single-game scoring record (46) and currently sits 15th on the all-time scoring leader board. Following his graduation from Otero, he played for two seasons at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota under legendary coach Don Meyer who leads the NCAA in all-time wins.