As the Associate Head Coach for Rice Basketball, Louis Reynaud begins his sixth season as one of the country's most respected and accomplished assistant coaches.
During his tenure at Rice, Reynaud has helped build the foundation for a rise to the top of Conference USA. Just this past season, he helped put together a highly touted recruiting class for 2013 that includes two players ranked as top-seven recruits in their state.
In 2011-12, the Owls won 19 games as the team posted its first winning season since 2004-05. The 19-win season included an 8-8 mark in C-USA play as the Owls finished seventh in the final league standings.
Rice capped the 2011-12 campaign by advancing to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and for the first time in the history of the program won multiple postseason games. The Owls went 2-1 in the 2012 CIT.
A year prior to the 2011-12 season, the Owls posted a 14-18 record, marking the most wins by a Rice team since the 2006-07 season and the team doubled its total conference wins from the previous three combined seasons. Along the way, the Owls beat LSU and TCU in back-to-back games, swept cross-town rival Houston for the first time since 1993 and posted their first series win over a Memphis team which would advance to the NCAA Tournament.
In Reynaud's first season at Rice in 2008-09, the program made immediate strides as the Owls more than tripled their total victories from the previous season. Following that first year, he helped Rice sign an early recruiting class that both ESPN.com and Rivals.com recognized as one of the Top 10 among mid-major universities.
Over the last five seasons, Rice has had 17 student-athletes named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll a total of 28 times. Rice student-athletes have been named the Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year for men's basketball four times - Aleks Perka, 2009; Lucas Kuipers, 2010 and Connor Frizzelle, in both 2011 and 2012.
Reynaud joined the Rice staff from the University of California where he worked for 11 seasons on Ben Braun's staff including the last six seasons as Associate Head Coach. In his 11 seasons at Cal, the Golden Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times as well as appeared in three NIT Tournaments, winning the 1999 NIT Championship.
Reynaud helped develop nine future professional players at Cal including NBA standouts Leon Powe who made the playoffs four times in five seasons and won the 2008 NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, Francisco Elson, who won the 2007 title with the San Antonio Spurs, and Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans). Prior to joining the University of California staff, Reynaud compiled an 84-31 record as the head basketball coach at De La Salle High School. He led the school to league titles in 1994 and 1996 and was twice named the Bay Valley Athletic League Coach of the Year. Reynaud's 1996 team captured the Division I NorCal championship and finished second in the state, earning a No. 1 ranking in the Bay Area for the first time in school history.
Reynaud's first head coaching position was at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif., from 1990-93. In three seasons the school was 69-39, posted three, 20-win seasons and captured one Sac-Joaquin Sectional title. From 1986-90, Reynaud served as assistant varsity basketball coach at De La Salle High School. In addition to his coaching experience, Reynaud served as Dean of Students at both St. Patrick-St. Vincent and De La Salle High Schools.
In 1997, Reynaud was selected as head coach of the West Squad at the Magic Johnson Round Ball Classic for high school All-Americans and he directed the prestigious ABCD summer camp for five years. As a high school player, Reynaud was a standout at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and played for the late Lyle Newcomer at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif.
Reynaud received his bachelor's degree from San Francisco State in 1982 and a master's degree in health/physical education from Saint Mary's College in 1995. Reynaud has one daughter, Lauren (23).