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May 9, 2014

Reid All About It

Tommy Reid, Allen Harris join Lynn Camp coaching staff

LYNN CAMP — Ever since Phil Russell took over the Lynn Camp Wildcats football program, he’s been adamant about returning to the old “Hit Man” mentality that was made popular in the late 1980’s and early 90’s.

Russell and the Wildcats’ football program took a huge step in that process Thursday with the announcement of two additions to his coaching staff.

Former Union College head football coach Tommy Reid will join Russell’s staff as the Associate Head Coach, while former South Laurel Middle School head coach Allen Harris comes aboard as the Wildcats’ new Offensive Coordinator.

Russell said the decision to bring the two aboard was a no-brainer and he was thankful for the opportunity to keep the football program moving in a positive direction.

“The number one thing that I’m excited about is this is what’s going to be best for our student athletes,” Russell said. “Coach Reid has a lot of experience at the collegiate level and he brings a wealth of knowledge to this program.

“Coach Harris was at South Laurel and completely turned that middle school program around from the time he got there,” he added. “Coach Harris wanted to coach high school football and was willing to commit to do what he had to do in order to do that, so we’re glad to be able to bring him aboard as well.

Russell joked about hiring a pair of coaches that were older than him, but he admitted that the experience the pair brings to the program is one of the biggest draws when it comes to what he looks for in coaches.

“One of the things I like to do when I’m going to hire coaches is hire guys that are better than me,” Russell said. “I heard that from an older coach that told me if you can hire older coaches that have been through the fire, you’re probably where you need to be.

“When you start trying to run the whole show yourself, you’re going to get where you want to be,” he added. “Both of these guys bring a tremendous amount of experience and I’m really looking forward to getting things started with the two of them on board.”

As for Reid, who has recently been rumored to be in the hunt for both the South Laurel and Corbin High School head coaching jobs, the hiring marks a return to football after a few months off. Reid resigned from his position of head coach at Union College after 13 seasons at that position. Reid spent 18 years with the program in all.

Under his tutelage, Reid has had two AFCA NAIA All-American Team and two NAIA All-American honorable mentions. Additionally, 41 players have been named to the Mid-South Conference first team under Reid's watch with team receiving MSC Offensive Player of the Year honors three times, one MSC Offensive Freshman of the Year and one MSC Defensive Freshman of the Year.

The 2008 season was Reid's best as Union posted a 9-3 overall record and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 most of the season.

Harris, who played his high school football at Laurel County High School before joining the military, said he’s excited to make the jump to the high school ranks and to be a part of the Lynn Camp staff.

“Lynn Camp High School football presents a great opportunity for these kids,” Harris said. “I’m looking forward to helping expand those opportunities and trying to get more kids involved in the program.

“I feel like we can make the program something everybody wants to be a part of, which is something coach has a head start on, so I just want to continue that progress.

“I think that the future is very bright for this program and I’m glad that coach Russell and coach Reid are here and I look forward to learning from them,” he added. “I really think we are going to do great things here before it’s all said and done.”

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