Michael Lyons scores 16 points to lead the Falcons.
Looking to snap five-game skid
Max Yon scored a career-high 11 points for Air Force
AFA looking to snap season-high four-game skid
Michael Lyons scores 25 points to lead the Falcons
Air Force vs. No. 12 UNLV - Jan. 28, 2012
AFA at SCU 3-18-11
MBB vs. UNLV- 3/10/11
Photos from Air Force's game against San Diego State.
Photos from Air Force's game against BYU.
Jeff Reynolds, the seventh head coach in Air Force basketball history, begins his fifth season at the helm in 2011-12.
Reynolds guided the Falcons to a 16-16 record last season and a spot in the CollegeInsider.com tournament, AFA's first post-season appearance since 2007. After defeating North Dakota 77-67 at Clune Arena in the first round, the Falcons fell to eventual champion Santa Clara, 88-75, on the road in the second round.
The Falcons were 6-10 in the Mountain West, good for a sixth-place tie with Utah. Reynolds led Air Force, which was picked ninth in the preseason poll, to the biggest jump of any MWC team from predicted to actual finish.
The 2010-11 season was a pleasant surprise after two consecutive 10-21 campaigns, including an injury-riddled `09-10 campaign in which seven significant players missed a total of 61 games, forcing Reynolds to use 10 different starting lineups. The previous season, he led the Falcons to their first-ever victory at the Mountain West Conference Championships with a thrilling, 71-67 victory over Colorado State in the first round.
In fact, counting AFA's 59-40 win over Wyoming at the 2010 MWC Tournament, Reynolds has the second-most conference tournament victories of any coach in program history with two.
Reynolds, who served as an assistant coach with the Falcons for two seasons before his promotion to head coach on April 17, 2007, led the Falcons to a fifth-place finish in the Mountain West Conference in his first season after Air Force was picked eighth in the preseason media and coaches poll. That was also the greatest margin between prediction and actual finish in the conference that season.
Reynolds, who enters the `11-12 campaign with a 134-106 career record in eight seasons, took over a program that had just graduated its best class ever and returned one player that had ever started a game. He led the team to an impressive 16-14 overall record and 8-8 mark in the Mountain West Conference. In addition, he was instrumental in helping Tim Anderson earn the MWC Defensive Player of the Year award.
During his two seasons as an assistant, Reynolds helped guide Air Force to two of its most successful campaigns on the basketball court. In 2005-06, the Falcons were 24-7, the best record in program history, and played in the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time ever. In `06-07, Air Force posted a 26-9 record, setting a new school record for most victories in one season, and advanced to the semifinals of the NIT. Air Force was just one of 17 Division I teams to win at least 50 games in those two seasons.
In addition, the Falcons posted a 31-1 record at Clune Arena and Reynolds helped four Falcons, Jacob Burtschi, Nick Welch, Dan Nwaelele and Matt McCraw, join the 1,000-point club during the 2006-07 campaign.
Reynolds came to the Academy after serving as an assistant coach at Tulane for five seasons. During his time at Tulane, Reynolds coached Linton Johnson, who has played in the NBA for six seasons, most recently with the Phoenix Suns. Johnson was a member of the San Antonio Spurs when they won the NBA championship in 2005.
Prior to his stint at Tulane, Reynolds served as the head coach at Division II Wingate University in Wingate, N.C., where he logged an impressive 61-27 record in three seasons.
In those three seasons, Reynolds built the program into a Division II powerhouse. In 1999-2000, his team led the nation in scoring defense and posted an impressive 26-4 record, closing the year with a final national ranking of No. 7 and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
In 1998-99, Reynolds guided Wingate to its first NCAA Tournament bid, as well as its first national ranking, and the Bulldogs closed that season with a 23-6 mark as Reynolds earned South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors.
As the top assistant coach at his alma mater, UNC-Greensboro, from 1995-97, Reynolds helped the program to the 1996 Big South Championship and a bid to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. The Spartans fell to Elite Eight team Cincinnati, 66-61, in the first round.
Prior to that, he served for four years as the top assistant at UNC-Wilmington, helping the Seahawks to Colonial Athletic Association Most Improved Team honors in 1992.
Reynolds began his coaching career at James Madison University in 1981, serving as a partime assistant for a team which won 24 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1982. He went on to Division II power Randolph-Macon College, which reeled off three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and earned a No. 4 national ranking in the final poll of 1984.
He logged one year as the head coach of North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1985-86, leading the program to a 21-7 mark and the Dixie Conference Championship, before moving on to Winthrop College as an assistant coach for four years. At Winthrop, he was directly involved in the team's transition from Division II to Division I, and, in 1988, the school captured the Big South Conference Championship.
Reynolds, 56, is married to the former Janet Montgomery and the couple resides in Colorado Springs.
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