BANGOR — Kevin Reed had a star-studded basketball career at the University of Maine, then went on to play professionally for three years in Europe.
Now the former Black Bears guard hopes to translate that accumulated knowledge of the sport into success for the Bangor Christian boys basketball team as the Patriots’ new varsity coach.
Reed, 29, replaces Aaron Wilcox, the school’s boys soccer coach who opted not to remain in the basketball post again this winter.
“They were looking for a varsity coach, and I applied because it was something I wanted to do,” said Reed, who learned of the BC vacancy through a church newsletter.
This will mark Reed’s first varsity coaching job, though he did some coaching and mentoring with local youth while playing basketball in Germany and earlier coached at a rec center while living in Massachusetts. He also conducts private clinics for players, and is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Bangor Christian program.
“[Coaching] will be a new side of the sport for me,” said Reed. “I’ve spent most of my life playing between the lines, now I’ll be on the sidelines trying to help the kids improve their game.”
Reed, a Yarmouth, Mass., native, came to the University of Maine after two years of prep school at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., and went on to become the university’s third-leading career scorer with 1,601 points — trailing only Rufus Harris and Bob Warner — while establishing a school record with 119 games played for the Black Bears between 2002 and 2007.
Reed was a three-time, All-America East, second-team honoree and a two-year captain while at Maine.
After graduating in 2007, Reed went on to play professionally in Belgium for two years and then in Germany for one season before deciding to return to Maine in order provide more stability for the 4-year-old son he is raising with his wife, Hannah.
“I feel like I’ve been around a good number of coaches who have taught me a lot about the game,” said Reed. “And I knew when I finished playing that I was interested in helping kids develop their basketball skills. This will give me the chance to do that.”
Reed plans to be flexible as to the style of play he will employ at Bangor Christian, which finished 3-15 last season in Eastern Maine Class D.
“It will depend on the type of players I have,” said Reed. “Players with different abilities allow you to do different things as a coach.”