Former Indiana Player Neil Reed Dies from Heart Attack

by July 27, 2012

According to the Santa Maria Times, former Indiana guard Neil Reed died of massive heart attack today at the age of 36. Three years after leaving Indiana, Reed accused former coach Bob Knight of choking him during a practice, which Knight denied until video later surfaced: “Neil Reed, who coached boys basketball and both boys and girls golf at Pioneer Valley High School, died Thursday of a massive heart attack according to members of the faculty at the school. Early reports are that Reed, who lives in Nipomo, had trouble breathing early in the morning and was taken to an area hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. Reed, 36, was hired as a physical education teacher at Pioneer Valley in 2007 and became the boys basketball coach in 2009, taking over for Greg DeNike. Reed was also the golf coach at Pioneer Valley, leading the boys team this past spring. He also coached football at PVHS. Reed gained notoriety in 1997 as an Indiana University basketball player. Reed alleged then-Hoosiers coach Bob Knight, who was known for his unmatched intensity and demanding attitude toward his players, choked him at a practice in 1997. Some backed Reed’s assertion thereafter. Some disputed it. Reed worked for ESPN shortly thereafter. A video tape of the incident was later discovered in 2000 and that, along with another incident involving an IU player, led to Knight’s dismissal.”