This certainly won't be the last tribute to departing Smithsburg High football coach Carroll Reid. His 29-year coaching career produced more accomplishments than can be noted in this small space, but in addition to leading the Leopards to four state titles, he also provided something else.
That something was leadership by example, which seems to be in short supply today. Reid could have retired three years ago after Smithsburg garnered its last state title, and basked in the praise of a community where he had become a legend. Instead, he heeded pleas from the parents of his players and kept on coaching, though he retired from teaching at the time.
Reid left quietly last week, saying only that he was beginning to feel the stress of coaching, and that he had decided it was "time to go." He voiced no complaints and made no excuses, saying only that he had "had enough."