Indiana names Reida new baseball assistant #iubase

Indiana announced Tuesday that former Kentucky infielder Matt Reida has been added to the baseball coaching staff.

Reida, a Russiaville native and Western graduate, will work with IU’s infielders, hitters and baserunners. He previously served as the director of player development and recruiting for CageRat Baseball in Colorado Springs, Colo, working with youth baseball players from the Midwest.

“We are excited to add Matt to our staff,” IU coach Chris Lemonis said in a statement. “I have known Matt from his high school career and watched him throughout college. He is a self-made player who competed at a high level for a good college program. He was a tough competitor who you respected from the other dugout. Also, I was impressed about how eager Matt was to get back into the college game.”

Reida made 199 career starts at shortstop for the Wildcats from 2011-14, taking a place on the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Watch List and earning Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Role recognition three times.

After college, Reida played with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League and spent part of the 2014 season with the Tampa Bay Rays’ rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.

He replaces former IU assistant Shawn Roof, who is now a coach with Arizona Diamondbacks Class-A affiliate Kane County.

“I am very excited about joining the staff here at Indiana University,” Reida said in a statement. “Indiana baseball is a great program that has created a winning tradition. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from Coach Lemonis, who has put together one of the best staffs in the country in Coach (Kyle) Cheesebrough and Coach (Kyle) Bunn.”