Mike Reynoso has been named the new head coach of the Cañada College men’s basketball team. Reynoso, who has served the past two seasons as the team’s associate head coach, takes over for Matt Stanley, who was recently named head coach at Foothill College.
“We are very excited about what Mike Reynoso stands for and feel the program will continue to be filled with ‘high character’ student-athletes that represent Cañada College so well,” said Cañada College Athletic Director Mike Garcia.
Reynoso, 29, is well known for developing skills in his players and his ability to scout and assess player talent. He has been a scout for the Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA D-League for the Golden State Warriors) for the past season. “I pride myself on constantly learning more about the game and teaching it to others,” he said.
Reynoso has also been part of the coaching staff for a United States team comprised of some of the top 17-and-under high school athletes in the nation. On this team, Reynoso has coached Jared Sullinger (Boston Celtics), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Travis Trice Jr., (Michigan State), Stevie Taylor (Ohio State), and J.D. Weatherspoon (Toledo). In addition, Reynoso is well known for his skill development of players, working with Anthony Goods (Stanford, Pro-overseas), Mike Rolle (UCLA, Pro-overseas), Reed McConnell (UC Irvine), and Cole McConnell (Michigan).
Prior to arriving at Cañada, Reynoso spent four years as the head coach at Woodside High School where he built the program into an annual league championship contender. Under his leadership, the Wildcats had a pair of 15-win seasons in his final two years and they made the Central Coast Section playoffs both years. His experience at Woodside High School led him to develop a philosophy of physical basketball, which he’ll bring to Cañada.
“That’s part of who I am,” he said. “I’m going to bring that style to our program.”
His local experience will also help Reynoso on the recruiting trail. “I have feelers out to a lot of guys,” he said. “I want guys who fit the culture. It doesn’t matter what they did last year. If they fit the mold, we want to have them.”
Reynoso, who holds a master's degree in education, has been instrumental in helping rebuild the basketball program at Cañada. In his first year as an assistant for the Colts, the team won just two games, but last year, they improved to 10-16. Reynoso is excited about the upcoming season. The program in bringing in key recruits (Rodrigo Puliceno, David Hobbs, Kenny Hatch, and Israel Hakim) who will be instant impact guys in addition to some returning players who have something to prove.
“It is an exciting time, the program is in its foundation stages and we are determined to build that foundation with cement, meaning high-character student-athletes,” Reynoso added.