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Jim Reid – Scoring Excellence for Sandhills

Larry Allen

“Hi, Coach Reid!” Jim Reid loves hearing that greeting wherever he goes. Now retired, Mr. Reid was the first instructor in Physical Education for the new Sandhills Community College in 1965. He was the third faculty member hired and the first to receive the C. Foster Brown Faculty Achievement Award.

“Classes were held at night in the Southern Pines High School and then at the Armory,” Mr. Reid recalls. “We also used the athletic field across from the Armory.”

Enthusiasm for developing a basketball program soon had Mr. Reid becoming the college’s first Athletic Director. “We had to borrow uniforms for our first game – but we won,” he says.

Soon the athletic program was growing. “We had been turned down for a grant for athletic outdoor facilities but Dr. Stone, a strong supporter of our program, was not about to give up,” Mr. Reid says. “He went to Washington, D.C. and we got the tennis courts and fields needed.”

A highlight for Mr. Reid’s years at Sandhills was Don Garner’s men’s golfers winning the national championship in the early 1970s.

Due to funding problems, the athletic program was discontinued during Mr. Reid’s time at Sandhills but he is very pleased that it’s alive again with men’s and women’s golf, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball. “The enthusiasm of President Dempsey and the energy and ideas of Athletic Director Aaron Denton have made a wonderful program possible,” Coach Reid says.

Coach Mike Apple led the men’s basketball team to capture the NJCAA Division III national championship in 2012. “Like other fans, I was thrilled,” Mr. Reid says. “I remember Mike Apple as a small child sitting on his mother’s lap at our first basketball games.”

Mr. Reid’s 26 years at Sandhills are chock-full of fond memories. “I always thought I had the best job in the county – and I was right,” he says.


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