Air Force names Jeff Reynolds head basketball coach

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- The Air Force Academy didn't have to look far to find its new men's basketball coach, promoting assistant Jeff Reynolds on Tuesday.

Reynolds will take over for Jeff Bzdelik, who left for Colorado two weeks ago.

Reynolds, 50, is the seventh head coach in the academy's history and the fourth in the past five years.

Reynolds joined Bzdelik's staff two years ago after serving as an assistant at Tulane from 2000 to 2004.

He was also head coach at Division II Wingate in North Carolina from 1997 to 2000, compiling a 61-27 mark. The 1999-2000 team led the nation in scoring defense and finished 26-4, ranked No. 7 nationally.

Reynolds was named the South Atlantic Conference coach of the year after the 1998-99 season.

Reynolds was also head coach for one season at North Carolina Wesleyan, going 21-7 in 1985-86.

Bzdelik went 50-16 at Air Force, but the Falcons couldn't compete financially with the Buffaloes, who lured him away for more than $750,000 a year.

After Bzdelik left, Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh said the field was wide open.

"I'm looking for anybody that can sustain this program," he said.
Asked how important loyalty would be, Mueh answered "very important."

"But, I'm also smart enough to know -- and I'm getting smarter every day -- that in this business, it is what it is," he said.