Roger Reid couldn’t lose.
The 72-year-old former BYU basketball coach was in Spanish Fork Tuesday night to watch his grandson, Duncan, help lead Skyridge to a 58-49 win against the Dons.
The Reids have long been a fixture in the Spanish Fork area. Reid’s three sons — Randy, Robbie and Darren — all starred for the Dons during their high school years. So it was only fitting that at halftime on Tuesday, Reid and his sons were honored for their contributions to local basketball.
A win-win situation if there ever was one.
“I had no idea,” Reid said. “I just knew we were playing Spanish Fork. There are a lot of memories in this gym, thousands of hours at 6 o’clock in the morning with my three boys. It’s nice coming back. Towns like this really support their team. It’s just a great atmosphere even though it was just a preseason game. Communities like this up and down the Wasatch Front, they love their basketball.”
Reid coached for more than 40 years, beginning with his first head coaching job at Payson High in 1971. He also coached at Clearfield High School before becoming an assistant at BYU in 1978. In 1989, Reid became the head coach of the Cougars and led the program to a 152-77 record (.667) and five NCAA Tournaments.
After leaving BYU Reid was an assistant for former Cougar star Danny Ainge with the Phoenix Suns and from 2003-2005 coached the Hangzhou Horses of the Chinese Basketball League. Reid also coached at Snow College and Southern Utah before retiring in 2012.
“When I walk into a gym, I’m always a little edgy and everything,” Reid said. “I just can’t get rid of that. Some people have the ability to relax. I’ve never had that. When I walk into a gym it’s time to go to war.”
Randy Reid left Spanish Fork High School in 1989 as the state’s all-time leading scorer with 2,191 points — he’s still No. 2 in that category — and starred for four years playing for his father at BYU. Randy was working at Goldman-Sachs in New York City before moving his business back to Utah. Duncan is his son and another son, Ryan, played at Skyridge last year and is currently serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico.
Robbie Reid is sixth all-time in high school scoring in the state of Utah. He played at BYU from 1993-95 and finished his playing career at Michigan. He is a business owner in Lehi.
Darren Reid, who once scored 37 points in a half for Spanish Fork, is an attorney in Salt Lake City.
“They don’t come and ask me for money anymore so I know they’re doing well,” Roger Reid said with a laugh.
His daughter, Kelliann, lives in Alpine.
“My kids lived all over the country, but now I can get to any one of their homes in about 10 minutes,” said Roger Reid, who still makes his home in Spanish Fork. “They all came back.”
Mike Mendenhall, a member of the Spanish Fork City Council, honored the Reids at halftime with Spanish Fork hats and pictures from their playing days at Spanish Fork. All three Reid boys wore No. 22, the same number Duncan Reid now wears at Skyridge.
“Tonight was really cool,” Randy Reid said. “Generations go by so quickly. We always had great battles here. There were some great teams and a lot of Division I players in that league with the Santiagos at Provo and the DeGraffenrieds at Payson. It’s neat to think we’re now just a little piece of that history now. We’re just ancient history.”
Spanish Fork will be building a new high school soon and the gym will likely be torn down.
“I would take any piece of this gym that I could,” Randy Reid said. “There is more history and tradition and more blood, sweat and tears in this gym than you can ever imagine.”