Jim Reed '85 is set to begin the first season of his second stint as an assistant coach for Bucknell women's basketball. He brings 27 years of collegiate experience, including the past 14 seasons as the head coach of the Susquehanna women’s basketball team.
Reed has tallied 202 wins as a head coach, including the second most in Susquehanna women’s basketball history with 175. He has mentored 18 all-conference players, including 16 All-Landmark selections. Reed coached the 2008-09 and 2014-15 Landmark Conference Rookies of the Year while he and his coaching staff were voted the Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year during those same years.
During his time at Susquehanna, the River Hawks made the conference postseason tournament six times and were on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll twice, ranking as high as fifth in a season.
Reed’s first collegiate head coaching job came at Wilkes University, where he led the Colonels for four seasons from 2001-05. In just his second season, Reed led the team to 12 wins, double what it had the year before, including a program-best 8-0 record to start the season. He went on to recruit and coach the 2003 Jostens Trophy winner for the women’s NCAA Division III Player of the Year and College Division First Team Verizon Academic All-American.
Reed, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell in 1985, made his first return to Lewisburg as an assistant women’s basketball coach in 1998 and spent three seasons with the Bison. The 2000-01 team posted a then-program record 20 wins.
Reed began his coaching career as an assistant women’s coach at Susquehanna for three seasons (1989-92) before joining the men’s team as an assistant for two seasons (1992-94). He was also an assistant coach for the men’s team at the University of Indianapolis for one season (1994-95).
As a student-athlete at Bucknell, Reed played one season of football as a defensive back and lettered twice in track & field.