Matt Reida, an assistant coach on Pitt head coach Mike Bell’s 2021 coaching staff, has left the Panthers program to accept another assistant coaching role at the University of Alabama and he is already familiar with his new head coach, Brad Bohannon.
— Alabama Baseball (@AlabamaBSB) June 14, 2021
Reida was an infielder for Bohannon’s Kentucky Wildcats from 2011-2014, during which he made 199 starts and coached under him as a volunteer assistant from 2018-19. In his new role with the Crimson Tide, Reida will add recruiting duties to his coaching duties.
“It was an easy decision for me to bring Matt back to our staff at Alabama, especially after he did such a great job during his previous time here,” said Bohannon. “Having played for me at Kentucky and working with us for two years at Alabama, Matt is familiar with exactly how I want our team to be coached. He has also always had a really good connection with our players. His recruiting ties in the Midwest and Northeast will supplement our Southeast recruiting base and will allow us to capitalize on the Alabama national brand.”
After spending a year with the Tampa Bay Rays organization in Rookie ball and the Independent Frontier League, he began his coaching career as an assistant at Xavier, where he worked with hitters and helped lead the Musketeers offense to a program record in home runs.
He then spent two years with the University of Indiana, where he coached infielders, hitters and baserunners. In each of Reidia’s seasons in Bloomington, the Hooisers set program records in fielding percentage.
From there he moved on to the volunteer assistant position at Alabama, before taking his last role with Pitt. Reida was in charge of infield defense primarily for the Panthers, who committed the 13th fewest errors in the nation and finished 23-20.