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Bull City Legacy announces new basketball coach

Fred Whitaker (center) charts a play for the Bull City legacy in a 2014 game in the Tobacco Road Basketball League.
Fred Whitaker (center) charts a play for the Bull City legacy in a 2014 game in the Tobacco Road Basketball League. Durham News File Photo

Marvin “Rat” Reed, coach of Faith Assembly Christian Academy’s Lions, has been named as the new head coach of the Bull City Legacy of the Tobacco Road Basketball League.

Reed’s appointment came on the heels of Bull City’s announcement Jan. 29 that Fred Whitaker had resigned.

Whitaker coached the Legacy to a 7-6 record and a TRBL playoff spot last year. This season, Bull City is off to a 3-2 start but has not played a game since a 127-114 win against the High Point Heat on Jan. 3.

“We thank Coach Fred and his staff for all their commitment and sacrifices, managing the team over the last two years,” Legacy General Manager Umar T. Muhammad said in an emailed statement. “We welcome Coach Marvin ‘Rat’ Reed and his staff to build on our successes moving forward.”

Reed, a Durham native, played basketball at Hillside High School and then North Carolina Central University. While playing with NCCU, Reed helped the Eagles win the 1989 NCAA Division II national championship.

“I’m happy to bring my basketball experience and expertise to the Bull City Legacy,” Reed said.

Reed previously coached at Mount Zion High School in Durham, and currently coaches the Lions of Faith Assembly Christian Academy in Durham.

Reed will be assisted by another Durham native, Andre McCollum. After graduating from Hillside, McCollum played at Cal State Bakersfield and then in various professional leagues.

“Andre will be a key component in the team’s success moving forward,” said Reed.

The Legacy is scheduled to return to action Feb. 7, when it hosts Triangle Run N’ Gun at 5 p.m. in Walltown Recreation Center.

“We want to have the place packed, make opponents fear coming in here to play,” Reed said.

Run N’ Gun features the TRBL’s top scorer, Milan Prodanovic, who averages 28.3 points a game.

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