Matt Reid, who held the position of interim head baseball coach this past season, has been selected as Army’s new head baseball coach, athletic director Boo Corrigan said. Reid is the 17th head coach in the program’s 124-year history.
“After an exhaustive national search, the search committee and I realized we had the best candidate for our job right here at Army West Point,” Corrigan said. “Matt has demonstrated outstanding leadership this past season and continues to put his stamp on the program. As we looked over the very attractive pool, Matt’s commitment to the values and standards of West Point made him the ideal candidate. We could not be more excited for Matt, our cadets and the members of the Army baseball family.”
Reid replaced Joe Sottolano, Army’s all-time winningest coach, Sept. 24 when he was fired for sexual harassment towards a staff member. Sottolano was Army baseball’s all-time winningest coach, with a 13-year record of 391-286-5.
As the interim head coach in 2014, Reid led Army to a 33-19 overall record, including a 15-5 record in the Patriot League and a share of the regular-season title.
“I want to thank Boo Corrigan and the search committee for their support and confidence in me to lead the Army baseball program,” Reid said. “It is an honor to represent the preeminent leadership institution in the world and I am excited to continue coaching this tremendous group of cadet-athletes.”
Prior to being named the interim head coach Reid served as an Army assistant coach since the summer of 2007. He was promoted to the top assistant position in 2010 before earning the title of associate head coach at the start of the 2011 season. On the field he worked primarily with Army’s infielders and hitters, while also recruiting, with an emphasis placed on the East Coast.
Army head women’s basketball coach Dave Magarity was named the Women’s Division I Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.
The Black Knights set a Division I program record with 25 victories this past season, while winning the Patriot League Championship and advancing to their second NCAA Tournament. The Black Knights went 25-8 overall and 14-4 in the Patriot League, while putting together a pair of seven-game winning streaks. The Black Knights lost to Maryland 90-52 in the first round of the tournament.
“It is a true privilege to be selected as Coach of the Year by this great organization,” Magarity said. “I am honored to be chosen by my peers within the Basketball Coaches Association of New York considering the tremendous success in the state.”
Magarity, in his eighth year as Army coach, is the second Army women’s basketball coach to win the award. Maggie Dixon won it following the team’s run to the NCAA Tournament with the 2005-06 team. Less than a month after losing in the first round to Tennessee, Dixon died from complications of an enlarged heart. Magarity, Dixon’s associate head coach, replaced her.
Army assistant coach Paul Young has been named acting head coach of Army’s wrestling team. Young, who completed his third season at Army, will oversee the program while a national search for a head coach is conducted.
Young replaces Joe Heskett, who left Army for West Virginia, where he will serve as associate athletic director for sports performance.
“We want to thank coach Heskett for the past four years with us,” Corrigan said. “With every change, comes a great opportunity to reinvigorate our program and find a new leader. We are deeply committed to our cadets and will find a great head coach.”
While a wrestler at Indiana, Young was a three-time NCAA qualifier and ranked as high as fifth nationally in his weight class.