Former Madison West star and University of Louisville standout guard Reece Gaines is expected to join the staff at his alma mater as director of player development and alumni relations for the University of Louisville.
Gaines is Louisville’s No. 4 all-time men’s basketball scorer and a member of the Cardinals’ Athletic Hall of Fame.
“We are excited to add Reece Gaines in a capacity that helps our student athletes”,” said Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack in a statement. “Reece’s experience as a UofL athlete, a professional athlete and a college coach will give him a terrific perspective to share with our players. His time as a former Cardinal will help us continue building a strong connection with former players who built this national program. We are thrilled to welcome back Reece.”
Gaines has served as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs (2019-21), the G League team of the San Antonio Spurs and was an assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University (2015-19), including time as acting head coach. He started in coaching as an assistant at Bellarmine (2012-15), when the Knights reached three NCAA Division II tournaments, including a Sweet 16 and Final Four appearance.
A starter for all four seasons (1999-2003) at Louisville, Gaines earned AP All-America 3rd team honors his senior season while leading the Cardinals to a 25-7 win-loss record. Gaines also earned second-team All-America honors by The Sporting News, ESPN.com, and Sports Illustrated as a senior. He’s considered one of the best all-time shooting guards for the Louisville Cardinal basketball program.