Breaking News Bar

Reed finds new home on the sidelines

  • Former Hamilton County head coach Curt Reed was hired by the Thompsonville School Board late last week to be the new head boys' basketball coach. Reed replaces Pete Gordon who was hired last month at West Frankfort.

    Former Hamilton County head coach Curt Reed was hired by the Thompsonville School Board late last week to be the new head boys' basketball coach. Reed replaces Pete Gordon who was hired last month at West Frankfort.
    SPYDER DANN | mdann@dailyregister.com

 
BY SPYDER DANN mdann@dailyregister.com
updated: 8/19/2019 8:52 AM

Curt Reed grew up in the tiny village of Macedonia that splits Hamilton and Franklin County.

The southern Illinois Hall of Fame basketball coach has also been to Hawaii, Beijing and Taiwan all because of hoops.

And while those weren't homes, Reed does have a new pin to put on the map.

On Thursday night, the Thompsonville School Board approved the hiring of Reed. He will take over for Pete Gordon, who was hired by West Frankfort late last month.

"I had nothing growing up, so I know what hard work is and that's the reason why I expect it," Reed said Friday. "I think what Thompsonville wants right now is someone to come in and teach the game and teach about life."

Reed's life has been anything short of remarkable. He had a 42-year career at Hamilton County, where he went 805-442 for a .646 win percentage.

Reed had one 2A regional title, that came in the 2008-09 season (28-10), but won eight 1A regional championships (1996-87, 1990-91, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2005-06).

Under Reed, the Foxes finished third in the 1990-91 Class 1A State Tournament where they finished 25-11 that season.

Last season, Thompsonville was 30-3 overall and went a perfect 7-0 in Greater Egyptian Conference play. The Tigers lost to Woodlawn in the finals of the 1A Wayne City Regional.

Challenges aren't anything new to Reed. They also aren't something he intends to shy away from.

"I'm a disciplinarian and I'm hard nosed, but I'm fair. I see kids for what they can become and I want to get everything I can out of them. There are three things my players are going to understand they need very early. The first is knowledge, followed by hard work and then attitude. You're attitude, will determine your altitude. You look at a school like Thompsonville and you might say they can only win four or five games and that may be true, but my message to the players is can you go into the locker room after game and know you gave every ounce you had both mentally and physically, because if you can, that's a win to this coach."

Reed said he plans on meeting with the players and parents this week.

Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois Local Media News Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.