University of Rhode Island Athletics Hall of Famer Antonio Reynolds Dean enters his second season as a member of the coaching staff at his alma mater.
He returns to Kingston after spending the 2014-15 season as an assistant at the College of Charleston. Reynolds Dean served a stint as the interim head coach at CofC during the month of August, 2014.
Prior to joining the staff at College of Charleston, Reynolds Dean served on Bill Coen’s coaching staff at Northeastern. During his time in Boston, he helped guide the Huskies to two NIT appearances in 2010 and 2013. He began his college coaching career at Fairfield University, serving as the team’s Director of Basketball Operations during the 2008-09 season.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Reynolds Dean finished his college career as one of the best post players in Rhode Island history. He is one of just three players in program history to tally at least than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, finishing his career in Keaney Blue from 1995-99 with 1,576 points (11th-best) and 1,028 boards (3rd-best).
He also ranks third all-time in blocked shots (235) and career games played (131). Reynolds Dean was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1995-96 while also earning a spot on the A-10’s All-Defensive team in 1996-97. He was a Third Team All-Conference pick in 1998-99.
Part of one of the winningest classes in program history, Reynolds Dean’s Rhode Island teams reached postseason play highlighted by a run to the 1998 NCAA Elite Eight. As a senior, he was part of URI’s 1999 Atlantic 10 Tournament championship - the only A-10 tourney title in school history.
He spent nine years playing professional basketball. After beginning his pro career with the Dakota Wizards of the International Basketball Association, he was named the league’s Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000. Reynolds Dean also played throughout Europe and finished his playing career in Argentina.
Reynolds Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in education with an emphasis in human development and family studies from Rhode Island in 1999. In 2012, he added a master’s degree in sports leadership from Northeastern. He and his wife, Johanna, are the proud parents of two daughters, Jasmine and Naomi.