Looking back at the 2017-2018 school year, there is so much that we can be proud of. From the launch of boys water polo as a school sport, to celebrating quarterback Sam H. being named MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year, to girls soccer’s impressive 12-match shutout streak and 4th place State finish and to so much more, Lancer student-athletes sure shined bright – and that was just the fall season!
As we now look forward to the new season – our 3rd year competing as a member of the competitive 4A North Puget Sound League, Kennedy Catholic High School finds itself firmly established as model institution with serious contending programs across the board. As Athletic Director, I am beyond proud of the work our coaches and student-athletes have put in to continue to raise the bar as to what it means to be a Lancer. As an athletic community we have pushed hard to define and build our championship culture and have continued to develop in and out of competition through our four covenants – passion, integrity, service and grit.
Earlier this fall, on one sunny day in August, we gathered all of our fall sports student-athletes in the gym for our now-annual media day. Before the madness of picture day started though, I had the opportunity to stand before our more than 300 fall athletes – all in uniform, and all excited to be Lancers – to briefly speak to them about the privilege of wearing our name across their chests, the legacy they are carrying on from so many of our alumni, and the responsibility they have to represent our community in all that that do. After seeing their eyes and ears tuned to what I was saying, I came away even more confident and more excited for what the future has in store for this school, this athletic department, and these programs.
I look forward to cheering along with you.
Sam Reed has been the Director of Athletics at Kennedy Catholic High School since August 2016. Prior to becoming a Lancer, 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, currently serves on their WIAA Advisory Committee, and held a leadership role for the Special Olympics USA Games that came to Seattle in 2018. He has also served 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, and can regularly be found serving as a volunteer coach of his kid's youth CYO and YMCA teams.
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 (8) and Cal (5).