By Bill Tamburrino
David Reichner is the new boys varsity basketball coach at Ramona High School.
In a half hour interview, Reichner explained his philosophy on teaching, coaching and life. He never used the word win or winning, but he has been a winner at every stop in his coaching career.
“I was a three sport athlete in high school and I like multisport athletes,” he said.
Reichner played football, basketball and volleyball at Carlsbad High School.
“My goal is to get athletes to strive to be the best that they can be on and off of the court, said Reichner, who was quarterback on Carlsbad’s football team. “I don’t want them to ever look back and wonder ‘what if’ or say coulda, woulda or shoulda. I don’t want them to have any regrets. I want them to become the best that they can possibly become.
“I am going to put on a free clinic on May 7. At a clinic there is more one-on-one instruction. I will teach them a starting point: where and how to start to work on their basketball game. A camp emphasizes more team drills and scrimmages.
“A philosophy has to be more than just words. I want to show players what it takes to improve and be successful. If it is going to the college level, making the varsity or frosh team, then I will show them what it takes to make it there, to be their best.
“I have a blueprint to show them how to work correctly on their own to show them how to be more productive.
“It is not about me. Not about a program. It is about kids. I want to have them develop a trust and a relationship. I want to get the community involved and supportive. My strength is my ability to teach and coach and to show students and athletes the proper way to do things. Doing things correctly carries to every endeavor in life.”
After Reichner graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1994, he went on a two-year Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission. He spent three months in Boston and then finished his mission in Brazil. He became fluent in Portuguese.
He received a scholarship to play for his father, Mark, basketball coach at Southern Virginia University. He then transferred to the University of Utah and walked on and played for the legendary basketball coach, Rick Majerus. His teams participated in two NCAA tournaments and won two Mountain West Conference titles.
In the off season he started his coaching career coaching the Utah Ice (22-6) in the AAU.
He returned to California and was assistant coach at San Jose State University, where he helped the Spartans to their best season in 25 years and best record in postseason history. The team was picked to finish ninth in the conference but led the conference before finishing third.
After his tenure at SJSU, Reichner moved to Arizona to be the head coach at Florence High School. He was chosen the 3A South Region Coach of the Year his first year. He coached his team to the most wins (19) in its 75-year history. The team improved from a .219 winning percentage to a .619 in his first season. The team earned its first winning record in 34 years.
From Florence, Reichner moved to Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was a varsity assistant and the head junior varsity coach (17-6).
Reichner has coached at various camps including in Arizona, USC, Utah, BYU, UCLA, Wyoming and Westminster College/Champions Athletic Academy. He started working as a coach at basketball camps as a freshman in high school for his father in 1991 in Carlsbad.
“When I saw the opening in Ramona, I had to apply,” he said. “I am a San Diego guy. I love the beach, ocean and climate. I have family and friends here. I have always planned on returning and I am glad to be here.” Reichner received letters of recommendation from Coach Rich Majerus (St. Louis, ESPN Analyst, Utah), Coach Dave Rose (BYU), Henry Bibby (NBA assistant), Tommy Connor (Utah), and Janice Richard (San Jose State).
In addition to coaching Bulldog basketball, he will be a substitute teacher, and he is pursuing a master’s degree in education.
He is married to Barbi and has six children (Evan, Anna, Caden, John, Ella and Abigail). The little Reichners are looking forward to playing for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs in the near future.
The Reichner family is excited to be a part of the Ramona community.
Welcome to the Valley of the Sun, Coach Reichner.