Jeff Reinert's experience, focus and highly respected academic philosophy spearheaded unprecedented strides for Bulldog basketball.
Reinert, in his third year as the associate head coach at Fresno State, oversees academics, defense, development of post players, recruiting, and scheduling.
With a tireless commitment to academic success by student-athletes, Reinert's tenure resulted in the graduation of ten men's basketball student-athletes from December 2007 to May 2009 (the most in the program's history for a similar span) and the largest leap in team grade point average of any Fresno State team from fall 2007 to 2008.
As a product of Reinert's recruitment and tutelage, the Bulldogs' system produced the program's first Academic All-District VIII honoree when sophomore forward Nedeljko Golubovic earned the elite accolade in February 2009. Golubovic was the only University Division student-athlete from a California college and the only representative from a Western Athletic Conference school to earn the honor.
These accomplishments sparked significant improvement in the Bulldogs' Academic Progress Rate (APR) score that soared 104 points in a single season. The score increase returned a full complement of 13 available scholarships for the 2009-10 season.
Reinert joined the Bulldog coaching staff in 2007 after spending five seasons as the lead assistant at Oregon State University under head coach Jay John. He helped the Beavers reach the NIT in 2004-05. Before working at Oregon State, Reinert served as the head coach at Utah Valley State College.
While at UVSC, located in Orem, Utah, Reinert led the program (then a two-year school) to a mark of 179-77. He left the program as the school's all-time winningest coach (having won 70 percent of his games) and the only coach to lead the program to the national tournament. In the 2001-02 season, UVSC beat a pair of No. 2-ranked teams, Barton County and Dixie State. Dixie State's loss was its last of the season as it went on to capture the NJCAA national championship.
Reinert's teams won at least 20 games six times and never posted a losing record. In 1995-96, Reinert guided the Wolverines to the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and received recognition as the Region 18 Coach of the Year. During his tenure at UVSC, Reinert sent more than 40 players to four-year colleges.
Reinert moved to UVSC from Brigham Young University, where he served as an assistant coach for three years (1992-1994). Over the three-year span, BYU won two Western Athletic Conference titles, earned two NCAA Tournament berths and one NIT appearance while notching a 72-26 overall record, winning 20-plus games each season.
Before his time at BYU, Reinert worked as a graduate assistant for the University of Nebraska from 1989-91. With a school record 26-8 mark, Reinert helped spark the 1990-91 Cornhuskers to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament Reinert's other coaching positions have included stints at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (1987-89) and Bremer State High School in Ipswich, Australia (1985-86).
The Bellingham, Wash., native began his collegiate playing career at the University of New Mexico, where he lettered in 1980-81 and 1981-82, before transferring to Gonzaga University and lettering in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Reinert was voted to the West Coast Conference's All-Academic team as a senior. As a junior, he was a teammate of NBA All-Star John Stockton.
The 47-year-old Reinert is a 1985 graduate of Gonzaga with a degree in physical education. He earned a master's degree in education administration from Drake University in 1988 and has also completed work towards his doctorate. An advocate of higher education, Reinert is also the founder of the Todd Curran Memorial Scholarship Fund in his home state of Washington. This fund awards two $5,000 scholarships to graduating seniors every year. Reinert has awarded more than 32 scholarships since he started the fund.
Jeff and his wife Trish, a former college basketball player at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, have one daughter, Gretchen (10).
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Gonzaga University, B.A., Physical Education (1985)
Drake University, M.A., Secondary Education (1989)