With my first year as athletic director of Kennedy Catholic High School now in the books, I’m even more excited and energized about the present and future possibilities within Lancer Nation.
While 2016-2017 was marked by change and the “new” – a new classification and new league, new athletic department leadership, eight new head coaches, a new sport and more – the 2017-2018 school year aims to be one of continued growth and evolution. I am excited to lead you all on that journey.
Paving the way toward 2017-2018 was a past season with much to celebrate. Among the highlights from 2016-2017:
- 61% of all Kennedy Catholic students participated in a sport (495).
- 43% of those student-athletes participated in more than one sport (including 41 3-sport athletes.
- 91% of our varsity teams qualified for District-level postseason competition, with 13 programs qualifying for State.
- 20 programs finished with a team GPA over 3.0. As a whole, student-athletes finished with a 3.26 average GPA.
- 12 Class of 2017 graduates participated in one of three Signing Day celebrations and are headed off to play collegiate athletics.
- 78 student-athletes received all-league honors, while Coach Beattie (girls soccer) and Coach Josie (fastpitch) were named NPSL Coach of the Year.
Since becoming a Lancer I’ve maintained two key philosophies that have guided all that we do. Today and every day we will strive to have a championship culture, where all student-athletes are welcomed, supported and encouraged to be the best they can be. With that in place, I am confident that we will build a world-class athletic department – one that our alumni will be proud of, one that our current students will commit to, and one that future generations will want to be a part of.
As your athletic director, I aim to be a resource to all. For our student-athletes that means being an advocate, a listener, a teacher and a promoter of the greatness taking place daily in our halls. For our coaches that means working day-in and day-out to eliminate any obstacles that would hinder our success. For our parents that means being readily available to answer questions, provide insight and create a warm and hospitable environment for all to enjoy. Together – administration, coaches, families and student-athletes – we can achieve greatness!
I look forward to serving you,
Prior to coming to Kennedy Catholic, Sam Reed served as the District Athletic Director and Assistant Director of Student Life for Tacoma Public Schools from 2013-2016. In that role, he oversaw athletics at the District’s five high schools and nine middle schools that offered programming.
From 2007-2013 Reed worked as Athletic Director and Activity Coordinator at Chief Sealth International High School. While there, he served on the Sea-King Eligibility Committee, and as Metro League president and commissioner of boys and girls basketball. He was recognized as the District 2 Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.
Professionally, he currently sits on the West Central District eligibility committee, and served as the meet director of the WIAA's State Track & Field Championships from 2013-2016. He has been an advocate for Special Olympics Unified Sports since its inception in the State, and currently serves on their WIAA Advisory Committee. He is also on the Board of Directors for Sports In Schools, a non-profit organization that works with area schools and students to enhance the lives of students in need through participating in school-based activities.
Reed graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising in 2002. Prior to that, he graduated of Fife High School in Fife, Washington in 1998 where he played basketball, golf and baseball.
Reed lives in West Seattle with his wife, Shelby, and their two boys Griffin (6) and Cal (4).