Kevin Reid owns more national championships than any track & field coach in NAIA history, and his 13 NAIA Coach of the Year awards attest to the success he's had in elevating a storied Azusa Pacific program into one of the nation's elite track & field programs. With Azusa Pacific's transition to NCAA Division II membership starting in 2013, Reid is now rebuilding the Cougars into a championship-caliber program at the Division II level.
Reid inherited a track & field dynasty when he took over the program in 1996, but he's put his own stamp on the program's success, leading the Cougars to 14 of the program's 26 national titles.
Now the longest-tenured Azusa Pacific head coach with 20 seasons under his belt, Reid has guided the Cougars to eight NAIA indoor championships and four NAIA outdoor titles since taking over the winningest program in NAIA history back in 1996. Azusa Pacific swept the NAIA indoor and outdoor national championships in 2008 and 2009, the first men's track & field championship sweep in successive seasons since the early 1970s. Capping his numerous accolades from the program's era of NAIA dominance, Reid was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2014.
Reid, who served as legendary track coach Terry Franson's assistant since 1989, wasted no time putting his identity on Azusa Pacific track & field when he took over for the retiring Franson in 1996. In his first-ever head coaching assignment on any level, Reid was given control and before the third month of his 1996 rookie season, he led Azusa Pacific to its first-ever NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championship, quite a feat for a program that frustratingly finished second in 8 previous indoor championship meets. For his efforts, he was named NAIA Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. Two months later, he took a short-handed Cougar team to a second place finish at the NAIA Outdoor Championships.
Under Reid, the Cougars posted top-10 finishes in all 17 NAIA Indoor Championship meets, including a run of seven indoor national championships in nine years between 2002 and 2010. While winning four consecutive indoor titles (2007-10), Azusa Pacific also claimed outdoor national championships in 2008 and 2009 for a run of five national championships in a row during a three-year stretch. In the 47 years the NAIA has held the indoor championship meet in addition to the annual outdoor national championship, no other school has been able to duplicate the Cougars' five-meet consecutive-championship streak.
While he continued Azusa Pacific's strong presence in field events, over the course of time Reid has redirected the program's focus toward one that relies on jumps and multi-event athletes. By the time his full signature was on the Cougar track & field, Reid had his own dominant program.
He led the Cougars to the Golden State Athletic Conference championship 12 of the past 14 years, including a conference-record 11 consecutive titles from 1999 to 2009. An average of 11 Cougar athletes per year have garnered All-American status, and Azusa Pacific has produced an individual national champion in 16 of his 17 seasons at the helm. In fact, the Cougars have enjoyed multiple individual national championship performances 11 times.
Individually, Reid has been recognized by his peers for his excellent work, being named NAIA Indoor Coach of the Year in 1996 and a pair of four-year stretches from 2001 through 2004 and again from 2007 through 2010. He has also been named the NAIA Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2008, and 2009.
Regarded for his expertise in the multi-events, Reid has coached Bryan Clay, Tage Peterson, David Pope, Jordan Hudgens, and David Pichler, five of the nation's top young decathletes over the past decade. Clay, the reigning Olympic decathlon champion after claiming the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing, also won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and was the 2005 world champion in the decathlon. Additionally, Reid is the coordinator of the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Multi-Events meets. He has served on numerous national committees, including the games committee of the NAIA indoor and outdoor championship meets, of which he co-chaired the games committee for the 2004 NAIA Outdoor Championships Meet. He has served as outdoor championship meet referee for 4 years, and he served as the NAIA Track & Field Coaches Association president from 2006 to 2008. Reid has received four Team USA track and field coaching assignments, serving twice as an assistant coach on Team USA's delegation to the Thorpe Cup in 2003 and 2014, and in 2005 and 2015 he was a head coach of Team USA's Thorpe Cup combined events team.
As a student-athlete and a member of two Azusa Pacific NAIA championship squads, competing in both the intermediate and high hurdles on the 1986 and 1988 teams. Reid posted career-bests of 53.81 in the intermediates and 14.79 in the highs. Reid also was a two-year letterman on the Cougar football team, starting as a defensive back for the nationally-ranked 1985 and 1986 teams that went a combined 12-3-3.
Reid, who also worked three years for Jostens, Inc., graduated from Azusa Pacific in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 2001 he earned his master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific.
Before coming to Azusa Pacific, Reid competed at Yuba College in Marysville, Calif., and prepped at Carson City (Nev.) High School, from which he graduated in 1983.
His younger sister Kim Reid-Schmidt and brother Jim both competed on the Cougar track & field team during the 1990s.
Kevin, 49, and his wife Stacey, a 1992 Azusa Pacific alum, live in Pomona, Calif. They have two sons, Jonathan (20), who is a pitcher on the Azusa Pacific baseball team, and Zachary (15).
REID AT AZUSA PACIFIC MEN'S HEAD COACH (20 SEASONS) REID AT AZUSA PACIFIC National National Individual Year School Conference Indoor Outdoor All-Americans* Champions* 1996 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 2nd 16 5 1997 Azusa Pacific 2nd 9th 8th 10 1 1998 Azusa Pacific 2nd 2nd 5th 11 1 1999 Azusa Pacific 1st 4th 3rd 9 0 2000 Azusa Pacific 1st 5th 4th 7 2 2001 Azusa Pacific 1st 2nd 1st 13 4 2002 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 1st 8 3 2003 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 3rd 11 3 2004 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 3rd 13 2 2005 Azusa Pacific 1st 4th 5th 11 1 2006 Azusa Pacific 1st 4th 3rd 12 4 2007 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 3rd 12 5 2008 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 1st 13 4 2009 Azusa Pacific 1st 1st 1st 13 7 2010 Azusa Pacific 3rd 1st 26th 9 1 2011 Azusa Pacific 2nd 4th 13th 8 1 2012 Azusa Pacific 1st 9th 2nd 10 3 2013 Azusa Pacific 2nd 1st* 1st* 18 14 2014 Azusa Pacific 2nd 3rd* 3rd* 9 3 2015 Azusa Pacific -- 16th^ 19th^ 4 2 *National Christian College Athletic Association postseason competition (Azusa Pacific was prohibited from competing in NCAA Division II postseason during provisional membership) ^NCAA Division II 9-time NAIA Indoor Coach of the Year (1996, 2001, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08, 09, 10) 4-time NAIA Outdoor Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2008, 2009)