Don Reed has stepped down as Shorecrest baseball coach after 14 years at the school. Reed, 72, will be replaced by assistant coach Ron Rhoads.
"It was a tough decision but I felt it was the right time to do it,’’ Reed said. "I think the program is in decent shape and I know Ron Rhoads will keep everything going well. I really enjoyed working with the kids and watching them improve. That’s the biggest kick I got, watching them get better.’’
Reed was 255-134 with Shorecrest, including a runnerup finish in the 2010 Class 2A state final. Reed has spent more than 50 years as a coach, including 13 seasons in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
This past season, Shorecrest was 13-14 and finished fourth in Class 3A-9. Reed said he won’t stay away from baseball completely.
"I may help out with clinics and I’ll help Ron in any way I can,’’ Reed said. "I just won’t be on the field anymore. But I’ll be around.’’
For Rhoads, 54, this will be his first high school head coaching job. He said he has spent nearly 30 years as a youth baseball and AAU coach in Florida, Mississippi and Georgia. And he said he spent one season in Mississippi as a high school assistant coach.
He was an assistant under Reed for two years. For three years prior to that he was Shorecrest’s middle school head coach.
"I always thought baseball was Coach Reed’s life and I didn’t think he would ever retire from coaching,’’ Rhoads said. "But the athletic director (Tripp Welbourne) asked me if I would be interested and I told him I would. This is a great opportunity.’’