|8/1/2011 3:18:00 PM|
La Salle Prep's new coach good at developing relationships
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MILWAUKIE — A former NBA referee is the new head baseball coach at La Salle Prep.
Mike Reed has also been a caddie on the PGA and LPGA tours and held various coaching roles from elementary school to collegiate baseball.
Reed joined the La Salle Prep baseball program in 2010 as the head freshman coach. Under Reed’s guidance, the Falcons finished 16-6. In 2011, Reed joined the varsity team as an assistant coach and was named head coach of the Wigwam Sox, La Salle Prep’s summer Junior State baseball team. The Sox finished the regular season with a 15-11 record and reached the Junior State playoffs, losing to South Salem in a best-of-three game series.
“Over the last two years Mike Reed has proven to be an excellent baseball coach and a valuable member of our staff," said Brian Crawford, director of athletics at La Salle Prep.
Crawford says Reed has developed strong relationships with students and parents. He spent hours preparing student-athletes and our fields for games.
A 1977 graduate of Lewis and Clark College, Reed began his coaching career in 1977 as the head coach of the Lebanon Elks Junior State summer baseball team. Reed took the Elks to a second place finish in his second season at the helm. His baseball coaching career includes Lebanon High School, Woodburn High School, Lewis and Clark College, La Salle Prep, and a semi-professional baseball team.
Reed’s professional athletic career started in 1975 as a referee in the Portland Basketball Officials Association, where he still officiates games. Reed expanded his refereeing career to the professional ranks in 1988 as the lead game referee in the now-defunct World Basketball League. Reed also officiated NBA Summer League games in 1992 and 1993. He continued his professional career as a tour caddie for six years in the PGA and LPGA tours, caddying for golfers including Nanci Bowen and Laurel Kean.
Reed inherits a La Salle Prep team that finished 18-9 in 2011 under former head coach Chris George. The Falcons won their first league title in 22 years and upset Phoenix in the first round of the OSAA 4A state playoffs before losing to Newport on the road in the quarterfinals.