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Leopards to honor former coach

October 10, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

SMITHSBURG -- Former Smithsburg High School football coach Carroll Reid will be honored tonight following the Leopards' game against Brunswick.

Smithsburg athletic director Teresa Bachtell said Thursday that the longtime coach, who has been ill recently, "is making every effort" to be in attendance for the ceremony.

Brian Smith, who played football and was later an assistant coach under Reid, formed a committee that petitioned the Washington County Board of Education to have Smithsburg's athletic field christened in Reid's honor.

"Coach Reid is very deserving of such a tribute," Smith said. "We have yet to get the final approval from the board. Hopefully, it will come later this fall."

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The committee has met the early requirements requested from the Board of Education, but Smith said there still are things to be done.

"We had to go through a number of different channels, including a presentation before the board," Smith said. "They required that we have enough signatures to total three-fourths or better of the current high school student body. We received more than enough signatures."

Smith said the signed petition will be unveiled at the game and the final tally of signatures will be announced.

Following the presentation of the petition, the Board of Education must wait 30 days for comments for or against the renaming of the stadium before putting the matter to a vote.

Reid began his teaching and coaching career in Madison, Va., in 1956 and made stops in Broadway, Va., and Clarke County, Va., before accepting the coaching and teaching position at Smithsburg in 1967.

Reid retired from teaching in December 1995, then stepped down as football coach midway through the 1997 season.

Reid's football teams won state championships in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1994, seven Bi-State League titles and one Monocacy Valley Athletic League crown in 1984. He retired with a 206-103-2 record and has the most wins of any Washington County football coach.

He is a member of the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

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