Former NBA star Reggie Theus is set to be named athletic director and head coach of men’s basketball at Bethune-Cookman University Next week, sources told ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Theus replaces Ryan Ridder as Bethune-Cookman’s men’s basketball coach. Ridder left for the same post at University of Tennessee-Martin March 30.
Theus has already trained at State of New Mexico from 2005 to 2007, compiling a 41-23 record and winning an NCAA tournament bid. He was 94-128 when he coached the Cal State Northridge Matadors from 2013 to 2018.
The two-time NBA All-Star was also a head coach with the Kings of Sacramento and the Los Angeles G League D-Fenders. Theus also trains in the Big3 and is expected to continue coaching this coming season.
Bethune-Cookman University is a historically black college and university in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Bethune-Cookman canceled the remainder of its 2020-21 sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic on October 27, 2020.
The Wildcats’ men’s basketball program was 16-14 when it last appeared in the 2019-20 season.
As Athletic Director, Theus will oversee the programs in Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Women’s Bowling, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s track and field while making an effort for fundraising.