Paul Reid returned to his Midwestern hometown following five years of service in the US Navy as a field medic stained primary with the Marine Corps. After traveling the world in uniform, he decided to put the characteristics of respect, responsibility, and discipline he had learned in the service to work closer to home by coaching young people in team sports. Although his own high school football career was cut short by a knee injury, he never lost his passion for the game. Thus began a 34-year coaching journey through youth football, Junior Varsity Football, and ultimately 13 years as a head coach of two high school teams. Over this period of time, Coach Reid has coached over 1000 young men, and made a nearly successful run for Michigan State Senate on a “common sense” platform based on duty, responsibility, and putting public service before politics. Coach Reid is married with two teenage children and lives in Midland Michigan, where he works as a Technical Advisor at the Dow Chemical Company Ethocel plant. Now retired from coaching, he spends his Friday nights watching the local kids play the game he loves.
120 Bricksby Paul Reid
Coach Paul Reid set out to write a memoir for his fellow high school football coaches and the athletes he had coached over the years, but the resulting book contains life lessons of value to anyone who works with or cares about young people and the formation of their character. There is something here of value for educators, parents of players, and hometown fans,
Coach Paul Reid set out to write a memoir for his fellow high school football coaches and the athletes he had coached over the years, but the resulting book contains life lessons of value to anyone who works with or cares about young people and the formation of their character. There is something here of value for educators, parents of players, and hometown fans, as well as those who coach young men and women in any team or individual sport.
From the perspective of 34 years at various levels of the coaching profession, Reid shares intimate personal experiences of leadership on and off the field. He offers a rare “insider’ look at what happens in the locker room between games; the drama and challenges of creating discipline and teamwork; the often unintended consequences of parental involvement; the often perplexing examples of fan behavior, and the delicate balance between academics and athletics.
Unlike many of the books written by former coaches, Reid does not just talk about success stories and the pinnacles of glory, but also describes the difficult moments when real learning, growth and insights take place. He also describes his own personal odyssey from a “win at all costs” mentality to a paradigm shift towards a systemic approach that balances personal development and preparation for life. He seasons this message with candid observations about growing up in a small town; the nature of true friendships, and the philosophy of competition and rivalry. Some of the stories in this book will make you shake your head, others may bring a tear or a laugh. But, whether you are a budding football coach, the parent of a player, or a true believer in your hometown team, you will come away with a deeper insight of what high school football is really all about…or should be.
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The book contains engaging stories of the author's sometimes perplexing experiences with coaching in several school athletic programs. But is is not just about football, or sports. There are deeper life lessons here, and social commentary about our schools, communities, and families. The wisdom, humor and irony of these stories will be easily recognized by coaches and some educators and administrators. They will enjoy the book for this reason, but perhaps those who should be reading and thinking about these things are the parents of the kids who play school sports. These insights are invaluable.