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Reed resigns as Ridgewood football coach (5 p.m. update)

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Wed. January 11, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Reed resigns as Ridgewood football coach (5 p.m. update)

Ridgewood football coach Kent Reed has resigned after two seasons to spend more time with his children.

Reed said personal reasons and a draining 1-9 season led him to step down Monday.

"I guess it would have been easier to hang around and put in the time if I felt the program and school itself were going in the right direction," Reed said Wednesday after school. "To go put the time in and be away from my children and not getting the personal payoff, I couldn't balance."

Reed, a longtime Rams assistant, was 5-15 in his tenure as head coach. He led Ridgewood to a 4-6 record during his first season, but his squad was rocked with transfers last fall when three key players left for Fivay before the start of the school year.

"Mentally it took a toll on me..." Reed said. "It was a no-win situation."

Ridgewood has posted the opening on the school district’s website and will accept applications for the next two weeks, athletic director Tom Wellington said. His goal is to fill the job “the sooner the better” but within the next month or two.

“We hope to get a wide variety of applicants,” Wellington said.

Reed will remain the weightlifting coach at Ridgewood, where he also teaches physical education. He will continue to serve as the football coach until a successor is named. Reed said he hopes to remain involved with the team next fall, possibly as an assistant or JV coach.

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