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Reed Field. The Legacy Behind the Name


Posted Date: 12/09/2020

Reed Field. The Legacy Behind the Name
Warrior Fans, Friday night at Reed Field: State Semi-Finals vs. Beggs Demons. Kick-off at 7:00. Some of you may wonder how Reed Field got its name. Please help us honor the legacy of Bill Reed. Coach Reed was Washington’s first varsity coach in 1971. In the late ’70s, Washington’s football field was respectfully and endearingly named after Coach Reed, who unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack at the young age of 41 years old, on December 24, 1975. Just a short time before his death, he led the Washington Warriors to their first appearance in the state playoffs.His motto was, “Don’t coach to win; you coach to learn.” His legacy still lives today as each team, year after year, runs on to the field. Bill Reed is responsible for developing the football field that now carries his namesake. Coach Reed had each player line up in one end zone with buckets, and each player was responsible for walking every yard of the field and filling their buckets up with rocks. The field the Warriors play on now, was once an uneven, rough, rocky field of red dirt. It has been told that the first football team to play on this field wasn’t afraid of the other team tackling them; they were afraid of hitting rocks when tackled, so they did their very best to stay on their feet! Coach Reed and his two young sons at the time, Mike and Darwin, plugged the field with sprigs of grass by hand. A labor of love given from a dedicated coach, family, and his team. How fitting that the football field was named Reed Field. Coach Reed, thank you for being the catalyst that helped make Washington Football the program it is today. Your legacy will be forever appreciated and remembered. Go Warriors!