Veteran Coach Louis Reynaud Joins Pasternack's UCSB Staff

Louis Reynaud has been named Assistant Coach for the UCSB men's basketball team.
Louis Reynaud has been named Assistant Coach for the UCSB men's basketball team.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Louis Reynaud, a former Associate Head Coach at Cal and Rice University, has been named Assistant Coach at UC Santa Barbara, Head Coach Joe Pasternack announced Tuesday.

"Coach Reynaud is one of the most talented coaches I have ever been around," Pasternack said.  "His ability as a teacher of the game, mentor for student athletes, and organizational skills are unparalleled." 

Reynaud comes to UCSB after spending the last three seasons at the University of Houston. From 2014-16 he was a special assistant to head coach Kelvin Sampson and during the 2016-17 campaign he was the program's Director of Operations. 

Prior to his time at Houston, Reynaud was the Associate Head Coach on Ben Braun's staff at Rice University from 2008-14. He helped lead the Owls to 19 wins during the 2011-12 campaign, the program's first winning season in seven years. That same year, Rice posted a pair of wins in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, a postseason first for the school. 

Reynaud joined the staff at Rice after an 11-year stint at Cal, where he and Pasternack were on Ben Braun's staff. In his last six years at Berkeley, he was Associate Head Coach. During Reynaud's overall 11-year tenure, the Golden Bears advanced to four NCAA Tournaments and three National Invitation Tournaments. They won the 1999 NIT title. 

Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Reynaud accumulated an 84-31 record as the head coach at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. He guided the school to league championships in 1994 and 1996 and he was twice named the Bay Valley Athletic League Coach of the Year. His 1995 team captured the California State Northern California title and finished second in the state. It was ranked No. 1 in the Bay Area for the first time in school history. 

Reynaud's first head coaching position came at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif., from 1990 to 1993. In three seasons at the school, the program went 69-39 with three 20-win seasons and one Sac-Joaquin Section championship. From 1986-90, he served as an assistant coach at De La Salle.

In 1997, Reynaud was selected as head coach of the West Squad at the Magic Johnson Round Ball Classic for high school All-Americans, and he directed the prestigious ABCD Summer Camp for five years.

As a high school player from 1974-77, Reynaud was a standout at Archbishop Riordan High School in his native San Francisco. He then went on to play two seasons at Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., before moving on to San Francisco State where he earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies in 1982. In 1995, he received his master's degree in health/physical education from Saint Mary's College.