Jim Reid – Scoring Excellence for Sandhills
“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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