St. Mary's Reed: sideline dynamo Boys basketball: Rookie coach's intense style and attention to detail is paying off in a successful season for the 18-9 Saints.

February 16, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

You've seen Maryland's Gary Williams in action. He's fun to watch as gets himself all worked up during a game.

Ditto St. Mary's first-year boys basketball coach Roger Reed. Reed is a piece of work along the sideline during a game.

You may see Reed do a split, slide or crawl across the floor, pace up and down like a maniac, throw his hands to the heavens or yell until the veins bulge from his forehead.

You may even see him fall down, but he doesn't stay down for long.

Animated and intense are understated adjectives in describing Reed as he lives and dies with nearly every play, working up a sweat that usually lathers his tie and shirt a la the Terps' Williams.

Reed never stops coaching until the final buzzer, no matter what the score. Every coach wants his team to play hard and Reed makes sure his does.

It's not an act. The Saints are having their best season since going 18-11 in 1987 under coach Jim Sheehan and take an 18-9 record into the MIAA B Conference playoffs Wednesday, one win from a new school record.

"He's always been like that, hegives 100 percent and we feed off his energy," says the coach's son, Jamahl Reed, a junior guard who has been playing for his father since age 9 with the Annapolis All Stars youth team. "My dad never stops cheering and encouraging us."

Down by nearly 30 points in the final two minutes of a 78-53 loss at No. 13 Mount St. Joseph a couple weeks ago, Reed was still coaching hard and pleading with his Saints until the clock struck zeroes.

"I just get into it," said Reed, who tries to find positives in every game, even lopsided losses. "I feel when we're gettting scrubbed up that I have to step up because I know what they're going through.

"It gets to a point when nothing's going right. Their shot is short, missing rebounds and I have to let them know that I'm not going to quit and I don't expect them to quit."

After a 52-50 loss to McDonogh at St. Mary's in Annapolis in which his team took a ten-point lead into the final period, Reed admirably shouldered the blame while searching for a silver lining.

"In a situation like that, all I can do is point to myself because my kids played their hearts out," said the coach, who teaches his players the fruits of being accountable. "I'll be up all night second-guessing myself. But we still have to feel very positive."

Reed is guiding a team dominated by juniors. Scott Driscoll, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound post player averaging 12.8 points and six rebounds a game, is the only senior.

Junior D.J. Dauses leads the team in scoring with 13.8 points. Fellow junior, 6-9 Matt Treadwell, is averaging 7.0 rebounds and nearly 7.0 blocks.

Two more juniors, guards Reed and Chris Summers are combining for seven assists.

While those juniors have the numbers, a host of others are contributing in Reed's scheme of using a lot of players.

The 45-year-old Reed, a teacher at Marley Elementary School and part-time DJ at WANN Radio in Annapolis, had never been a head coach at the high school level until this season.

Reed, who was an assistant to Dave Lombardi at St. Mary's the past two years, also coached Annapolis Middle School and the )) Annapolis All Stars.

Such a background usually dictates emphasis on the teaching part of coaching. Reed's post-game locker room talks might get waiting parents a little impatient, but players never go home not knowing why they won or lost.

"He goes over practically every play after the game, but the players love him," said manager Josh Summers, whose brother is the starting guard, Chris Summers. Their father, Peter, is an assistant to Reed. "Mr. Reed is a great coach, the best we've ever had."

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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