As I set out to begin my first year as athletic director of Kennedy Catholic High School, I see the 2016-2017 school year as an opportunity to reflect back and celebrate our rich tradition of Lancer successes, but also to look forward in fostering an enhanced championship culture that will help today and tomorrow’s student-athletes to succeed in competition, in school and in life.
First and foremost, it’s fitting to look back given all the celebration surrounding the school’s 50th anniversary year. High school athletics has played a significant role in the lives of so many Lancer alumni, and the trophy cases and record books serve as historical reminders of the tradition established by those that have walked the halls before us. I am fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Coach Bourgette and countless others who put their student-athletes ahead of themselves in a way only true servant leaders can.
Beginning today and moving forward, it is with great confidence that I will set forth in building a world-class athletic program at Kennedy Catholic High School. That’s a big goal, but one that I truly feel is achievable when I look at the infrastructure in place and the potential ahead. Some of that potential comes from the opportunity ahead of us to compete in the new 4A North Puget Sound League against some of the most well-rounded competition in the state. Many coaches have used the saying “iron sharpens iron” and I know that our Lancer athletes will be tested and grow in this new league.
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,
Sam Reed comes to Kennedy Catholic having most recently served as the District Athletic Director and Assistant Director of Student Life for Tacoma Public Schools. In that role, he oversaw athletics at the District’s five high schools and nine middle schools that offered programming. In addition to the daily responsibilities, he worked in a number of capacities including:
- Meet Director, WIAA State Track & Field Championships
- Commissioner, Narrows League Boys and Girls Basketball
- Board Member, West Central District Eligibility Committee
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.
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 (5) and Cal (3).