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Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Previous College: Avignon (France), 1997
Position: Assistant Coach
Billy Reid joined the Rhode Island coaching staff on August 16, 2000. Reid played international basketball for 18 seasons before turning his energies to coaching. Reid has an excellent knowledge of the game and gained valuable experience as a player-coach in Europe. He has numerous international recruiting contacts from his playing days in Europe.

Reid played his collegiate basketball at San Francisco. A four-year letterman, he was team co-captain with Bill Cartwright. The Dons posted a four-year record of 96-22 (.814) and earned three NCAA Tournament berths under Coach Bob Gaillard.

The 1976-77 squad was undefeated during the regular season and finished with a 29-2 record. In 1977-78, San Francisco finished 23-6 and again advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The teams posted back-to-back 22-7 marks in 1978-79 and 1979-80 and appeared in the 1979 NCAA Tournament.

Reid was drafted in the ninth round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. The Bronx, N.Y. native spent one-and-a-half years with the Warriors, playing under Coach Al Attles.

He gained international basketball experience playing with touring teams throughout the world including stops in Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Italy and France. He also played for the Wildwood High Rollers in the CBA.

With his eye to the future, he began to turn his attention to coaching as well as playing. After toiling as an assistant coach for the Nantes, Caen and Reims Basket Clubs in France, he was named an assistant coach at Vrigne-Aux-Bois Basketball Club in 1993. The 42-year old Reid assumed the head coaching duties midway through the season. From 1995-99, he was a player-coach for Avignon Basket Club before spending a season with the Fos Basket Club.

He returned to the United States following his playing days. After joining Coach Jerry DeGregorio's staff late in the summer, he immediately turned his attention to recruiting. He used his basketball contacts in Cameroon and France to establish a pipeline between the two countries with Rhode Island. His efforts paid immediate dividends and the Rhode Island roster should be dotted with international players in the future.

Reid earned a bachelor's degree from Avignon (France) in 1997. He and his wife, Laurince, have four children: William, Malcolm, Elijah and Teddy.