Jay John Announces Men's Basketball Assistant Coaches

April 16, 2002

Corvallis, Ore. -

Oregon State University first year men's basketball head coach Jay John has announced the appointment of Jeff Reinert (Rine-ert), Brian Loyd, and Kevin Mouton (moo-tawn) as assistant coaches.

'I'm excited about this staff,' John said. 'I promised Oregon State fans during my press conference that I would hire a very professional staff that was ready to work, and not in awe of the Pac-10 Conference, this is the first major building block in the development and advancement of our program.'

The 39-year-old Reinert spent the last eight years as the head coach at Utah Valley State College in Orem. The Wolverines accumulated a mark of 179-77 under Reinert, for a winning percentage of 70 percent. Reinert's teams won at least 20 games six times, and never posted a losing mark. His 1996 club captured the Scenic West Athletic Conference Title, and he was selected the Region 18 Coach of the Year.

'I have always wanted to coach in the Pac-10 Conference, and I'm anxious to help return this program to a level it once sustained,' Reinert said. 'I've developed a special relationship with Coach John over the years, and I think we are going to have great chemistry on this staff.'

Reinert came to UVSC from Brigham Young University, where he served as an assistant coach for three years. The Cougars had three-straight 20-plus win seasons while Reinert was a member of the staff, which included two Western Athletic Conference titles, two NCAA Tournament berths, and one NIT appearance.

Reinert's other coaching positions have included the University of Nebraska (1989-91), Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa (1987-89) and Bremer State High School in Ipswich, Australia (1985-86).

The Bellingham, Wash., native began his college career at the University of New Mexico where he lettered in 1981 and '82, before transferring to Gonzaga University lettering in 1984 and '85. 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. He and his wife Trish, also a former college basketball player, have a daughter, Gretchen.

Loyd arrives on the OSU campus after a one-year stint as the director of basketball operations at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Prior to his appointment at UMass, he was an assistant coach for the 2000 and 2001 seasons at Portland State University.

'This is a terrific opportunity for me,' Loyd said. 'I lived on the West Coast for a number of years and developed many contacts in this area, making this an ideal fit for me. I've always wanted to coach in the Pac-10 Conference, this is really a dream come true.'

Loyd's other coaching positions have included four seasons at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo (1996-99) and two years as an assistant at Queens College (1993-95) in North Carolina. He attended college at the University of Tulsa, where he lettered four years (1987-90) and was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Academic Team. The Indianapolis native graduated from Tulsa in 1991 with degrees in sociology and communications, and remained at the institution for two years as an admissions counselor.

Mouton has spent the last two seasons at the University of Nebraska, and the 2000 campaign at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Cal. His other coaching positions have been at the University of New Hampshire (1997-99), Eastern Illinois University (1996), Butler University (1994-95), the Colorado School of Mines (1993), and Logan (Cal.) High School (1990-92).

Mouton graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1989 with a degree in sociology. He began his college career at the University of Oregon (1986), transferred to Jamestown Community College in New York (1987), and concluded his career at USF (1988-89). Mouton's relationship with John includes playing for him at Oregon and Jamestown, and serving on the same staff at Butler.

Mouton and his wife, Jacquie, have a son, Adrian, and a daughter, Whitney.

John has one remaining position to fill on his staff, the director of operations, which he expects to announce in the near future.

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