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Smithsburg to name field for Reid

September 09, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

SMITHSBURG -- It took some time to break through the red tape with various petitions.

Then, the arduous task of raising money took place to achieve one goal.

Around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, festivities will begin in earnest with the formal naming of Coach Carroll Reid Field as the Smithsburg Leopards open the home portion of the prep football season against Walkersville.

Reid, who passed away on March 29 at age 80, coached the Leopards from 1967-97 and produced four Maryland state championships.

Brian Smith, who played for Reid, who is a 1988 graduate and was also a junior varsity coach when the Leopards won the state title in 1994, spearheaded the peitition efforts.

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"Even when I was playing you knew Coach had the love of people and that he meant a lot to people back then," said Smith.

Reid, despite failing health, managed to return to a Smithsburg game last season and was able to see the field which will bear his name.

"This has been a grass roots effort since last October," saide Smith. "Everyone has come through. This is something long overdue since 1997."

The drive earned $26,000 in contributions, covering the cost of $17,000 for the scoreboard redesign. The remaining $9,000 has been put forward to establish the Carroll Reid Scholarship fund that will be awarded annually through the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame.

Smith said Friday's pregame agenda would begin with the recognition of contributors, ranging from individuals to businesses to different levels in the Smithsburg schools.

Reid's career will be recapped and the new scoreboard with the Coach Carroll Reid Field moniker unveiled in a lighting ceremony.

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