You may know Chunk Reid as the extremely successful girls basketball coach that won his 750th game last year and who is tenth in wins on the list of active coaches. However Mr. Reid has done more than just rack up wins (28 straight to start the season last year) and awards such as the Bobby Cremins Georgia High School girls basketball coach of the year last year. He has been the longtime athletic director at Vidalia, something that he finds rewarding.
"Our athletic programs have been very successful and well respected over the years and this is my greatest reward," said Reid. He also said that one of the most rewarding things about being an AD is seeing the athletes and coaches be successful in their endeavors on and off the court.
Mr. Reid walks a fine line between coach and AD, but he has been quite successful in dealing with other coaches as a fellow coach as well as a boss. "We have some of the best coaching staffs in the state. This makes it easy to look out for the best interest of the three parties (coaches, school, players) involved. Through their loyalty and dedication to Vidalia High School, they do what's necessary to be successful."
In fact, serving as both a coach and an AD gives Mr. Reid a better idea of what the coaches need from him. "It puts me in a position to understand their individual coaching needs which in turn makes it easier to be an AD."
As for Mr. Reid's favorite part of being an athletic director, he says it is quite simple: seeing Vidalia win. "This gives me great satisfaction and pride. Being a coaching staff member and knowing in a small way that as an AD I helped the total overall athletic department be a winner."
And Mr. Reid also has a bit of advice for new ADs out there. "Be compassionate to all the sports and their need to be a winner. Sometimes a lot of ADs tend to look over the sports that are non-revenue or not as popular as others, but to the athletes and their parents involved in these sports, it is number one. The total program creates unity and support of the community and the school."
Courtesy of AJC/John Conner