#Coaching @elmcitync May 7

I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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Harvey Reid Jr.-North Carolina Coaching Legend

When I first started my blog Coach4day in 2014 not many of my posts got read. One did that I wrote on March 17, 2014 and it was about the Lesson Learned Recruiting John Virgil.

John was from Elm City High School in 1976 who was coached by Harvey Reid Jr. John Virgil. After high school he went on to play for Dean Smith at UNC despite my efforts and hard work. At the time I was an Assistant Basketball Coach at East Carolina University.

John Virgil


Watching John Virgil get coached by Harvey Reid Jr. evokes lots of memories, taught me life lessons, and exposed me to experiences that influenced me as a coach and hopefully as a leader. I saw firsthand the influence a coach can have in helping young people overcome their experiences and environment to go on and achieve.

In April 2015 the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame recognized posthumously Harvey Reid Jr. as one of two 2015 recipients of the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball. Such an award might seem well overdue for Harvey Reid Jr. nearly 24 years after his 1991 death, but given the impact he’s continued to have on his former players, the honor today validates he truly was a great leader.


Harvey Reid coached at three different high school in Wilson County NC. He began at Frederick Douglass in 1955, then went to Elm City with desegregation, and finally to Fike High School when Wilson city and county schools merged. His success as a coach included a state-record 818 wins and seven state championships. Three of those championship occurred at Elm City HS.


Harvey Reid made a sacred promise to all of his players. If they played on his team he would find a way to get them a job or into college. Harvey Reid was more than a coach he was the ultimate teacher. He just used the game of basketball to teach his player’s life lessons. One of those lessons was that they could overcome their environment and past experiences by working hard and believing.



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