From Staff Reports
Clayton College & State University head women's basketball coach Dennis Cox has announced the hiring of Shannon Reid as an assistant coach on the Laker staff. Reid will begin her first season at Clayton State after coaching last year at Peach Belt Conference school, the University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, SC.
She helped lead the Lady Pacers to a 19-13 record last year and their second trip to the NCAA Division II national tournament.
She joins former player and student assistant Catreia Shaw on the Laker sideline for the 2005-06 season. In addition to her coaching duties, she will also assist in recruiting, scouting and basketball operations.
The position became available after last year's assistant Kate Kauffman decided to pursue a career closer to her degree and student-assistant Alison Cox will begin her master's degree next fall.
"We are delighted to add someone with Shannon's experience and credentials to our staff," said head coach Dennis Cox. "I think she will be a tremendous mentor for our players.
Shannon has experienced success everywhere she's been and I look for that to continue here."
Said Reid, "I'm very excited about my opportunity at Clayton State. Coach Cox is a super coach and quickly turned around the Clayton State program, leading the team to the Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships last year. I am anxious to work and learn in his system and be a part of the Laker program."
Prior to coaching at USC Aiken, Reid was an assistant coach in 2003 at St. Andrews College, a NCAA Division II school in the Carolinas Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC).
She also was head coach and director of the Mosney's Women's Club/Junior Club in Dublin, Ireland, serving in that capacity while playing professionally.
Reid was a standout player at both the professional and college level. In Ireland, she was the only American in the Dart Killester Super League and was third on her squad in scoring, leading the squad to the Cup Finals in 2004.
A three-year starter at Pfeiffer University, she starred for the Falcons and helped lead the team to back-to-back CVAC Championships in 2001 and 2002.
As a senior, she led the team to a 24-5 record and averaged 14 points per game and was named 2003 CVAC Player of the Year and Pfeiffer's "Female Athlete of the Year."
Her junior season, Reid averaged 16 points per contest and was an All-CVAC performer.
In addition to these honors, she was a member's of Pfeiffer's 1,000 Point Club in only three seasons and ranked third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage in 2003, leading the school to its first NCAA Division II national tournament appearance.
Reid, a native of Granite Falls, NC, (South Caldwell High School) is 2003 graduate of Pfeiffer, in Misenheimer, NC, with a B.A. in sports management.
Clayton State finished the 2004-05 season with a school best 25-7 record, winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season and the Conference Tournament Championships.
The program also played in its first NCAA Division II Tournament, advancing to the second round of the national event.