Monday, November 26, 2007


King High School Coach Jim Reynolds (CREDIT: Detroit Free Press)

Inspiration can come from a lot of different places, but high school and college coaches have a special grip on a lot of young athletes.

One of those guys is Jim Reynolds, who has been the head football coach at King High School in Detroit for 32 years.

This past weekend, the King High School Crusaders became the first city school to win the Michigan state championship.

But Reynolds is even more successful in the way that he's inspired dozens of young men beyond the football field. One of those men is former Columbia QB Jeff McCall. It was Reynolds who first suggested the Ivy League could be a possibility for McCall, who at the time had never even heard of Columbia.

Now McCall is about to get his MBA.

It's all discussed in this article. (Note, the piece was written just before King won the state championship game. The article about that game is here).


At Tue Nov 27, 02:42:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger dabull said...

Imagine how many lives coach Reynolds has touched and effected. Beautiful what he has done with his own.

At Tue Nov 27, 02:46:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

I can only hope the Columbia coaches can cultivate more relationships with H.S. coaches like Jim Reynolds.

At Fri Nov 30, 08:42:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a web link from a recent NY Times article about another top rated high school coach, with a winning program built on character, commitment, and community support.

An excerpt:

"Barta, 62, is quick to smile and is a gentle sort with a honey baritone. Over 30 years here, he has won 273 games against 58 losses (an .825 winning percentage) and guided the Redmen to six state titles. He has had plenty of offers to move up and on, but instead he stayed and watched dozens of his boys go to play college football. One, Mark Simoneau, reached the National Football League.

“He looks and sounds like a math teacher, which he is, and is about as laid-back as they come,” Simoneau, a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, said by telephone. “As good a coach as he is, he’s a better guy. He treats people like gold.”

(copy and paste to your browser to read the whole story)

Is it possible that our coaches and players could gain any new wisdom or insight from either Coach Reynolds or Coach Barta?


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