Coach Reid battled by most cancers and COVID all whereas being a coach, and Sacramento’s observe and subject group is grieving.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A observe coach from American River School (ARC) by the title of Michael Reid handed away on Saturday morning, July 16.
He was the Assistant Coach for the boys’s and girls’s observe and subject crew at ARC and in 2019, he began as the pinnacle coach of the observe and subject crew at Hiram W. Johnson Excessive Faculty.
Coach Reid was recognized with stage 4 throat and lung most cancers in January of 2007 and afterward in 2022 contracted the coronavirus. He battled these diseases all whereas being a coach, and Sacramento’s observe and subject group is grieving over the lack of this passionate and powerful man.
“It confirmed how a lot ardour he had,” stated Myles Ellis, a student-athlete of Coach Reid’s. “He did not present up simply to indicate up as a result of it is his job or as a result of he needed to, he confirmed up as a result of he liked his job. He liked to teach and he liked his athletes. He liked me, my brother, my pals and I’ve liked his employees.”
Coach Reid’s love for observe began younger. He graduated from John F. Kennedy Excessive Faculty in 1976 the place he ran observe and subject and performed soccer.
He attended Sacramento Metropolis School and Consumnes River School, and he ran for his or her observe and subject crew. Nonetheless, he was injured and out for the remainder of the season.
In 1981, he enlisted within the US Military and have become a Personal First Class. Nonetheless, later in 1998, Coach Reid got here again house and was recruited to assist excessive faculties with athletic packages that lacked specialty coaches.
Coach Reid turned a coach of his personal non-profit group in 2003 referred to as Athletes Below Building, Inc. His purpose was to offer athletic steerage, conditioning, and coaching to center college, highschool, and collegiate stage student-athletes.
Shortly after, from 2005 to 2006, he was employed to teach observe and subject for CK McClatchy Excessive Faculty and John F. Kennedy Excessive Faculty. Foothill Excessive Faculty, Del Campo Excessive Faculty, and Jesuit Excessive Faculty additionally had Coach Reid as a employees member, teaching their observe and subject groups.
Coach Reid then moved to ARC and coached from the autumn of 2005 to the very finish of his time.
In 2012, he obtained his affiliate’s diploma at ARC in kinesiology, all whereas being a coach, a mentor, a husband to his spouse Kimberly, and a father to his youngsters.
Though he was going by chemotherapy therapies and radiation, Coach Reid by no means gave up on his student-athletes and he by no means gave up on himself.
Nonetheless, a lot of his student-athletes have talked about that he was so selfless, he would put everybody else and their well being earlier than his.
“You may inform he was battling by his personal well being points, however he would guarantee that he was there for us as an entire,” stated Richard Finical, a former student-athlete. “He all the time cared about everybody else greater than himself.”
The radiation therapies sadly burned Coach Reid’s esophagus, making it arduous for him to eat and speak. His student-athletes de él talked about he needed to eat by a feeding tube and through instances when he couldn’t converse, he would deliver a whistle, a whiteboard, even coach out of his automobile and textual content the warmups and exercises to one of many athletes .
“I’ve by no means as soon as complained,” stated Finical. “Generally it was arduous to grasp him, and I may inform it could be irritating for him, however he labored round that and survived his battle with most cancers. He was absolutely dedicated to his craft of him and powerful like a warrior.”
Additionally, his student-athletes reminisced on all of the instances Coach Reid would be a part of his crew from crew dinners to joking round and simply dancing or laughing.
“His genuineness and his potential to deliver us all collectively made him particular to me,” stated Robert Ellis, a former student-athlete. “I’ve pals which might be youthful, pals my age, and pals older than me that I’ve met all from right here. I’ve introduced everybody collectively, on a regular basis.”
On Monday, July 18, a gaggle of present and former student-athletes gathered at Rio Americano Excessive Faculty’s observe to “Run a Lap for Coach Reid” and on Friday, July 22, they’d a vigil at ARC to recollect Coach Reid.
Mike Johnson Jr. noticed Coach Reid as one in every of his brothers, they had been shut and knew one another for over 10 years. Johnson talked about that his daughter de ella, who had Coach Reid as her first ever coach, can be operating within the Junior Olympics this week, and he or she’s dedicating her run to Coach Reid by writing his title de ella on her sneakers de ella.
“Sacramento usually, our observe and subject group goes to look so totally different now that he is gone,” stated Callie Lawson-Freeman, a former student-athlete. “That is what motivated loads of us, simply making him proud as a result of he believes in us a lot. I believe that you will see plenty of folks proceed to run in his honor. I am actually excited to observe these folks, and I I do know he is gonna be watching them too in order that’s going to be actually stunning.”
There can be a public viewing for Coach Reid this Wednesday, July 27 from 2 pm to six pm at Thompson Rose Chapel in Sacramento. There can even be a public homegoing ceremony this Thursday, July 28 from 10 am to 11 am at Progressive Church of God in Christ in Sacramento.
There’s a GoFundMe for the medical and funeral prices for Coach Reid you could donate to HERE.
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