Darren Reed, who has headed the Wise Central football program for the past two seasons, resigned his coaching position at the school Wednesday. (Times-News photo)
WISE — Darren Reed, who has headed the Wise Central football program for the past two seasons, resigned his coaching position at the school Wednesday.
“The program wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to go,” said Reed, whose teams posted a 4-16 record during his time in Wise.
“Basically, once we evaluated everything ... I decided I probably needed to get it into the hands of somebody who can get it going.”
Reed did not resign his position as a physical education teacher at Central.
Reed, a Gate City alumnus who was this fall inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame for his career as a Wasps player, served for many years as an assistant coach at Gate City under Nick Colobro and later under Bill Houseright.
Reed left Gate City after the spring of 2012 to take the reins of the Warriors’ program from interim head coach Jason Mullins. Reed’s predecessor, who’d previously served as a head coach at Pound, was thrust into the top job at newly formed Central after the sudden resignation of J.J. Kelly coach B.I. Salyers.
Reed had previously served as head volleyball coach and head baseball coach at Gate City. The Central post was his first head football coaching position.
Speculation about Reed’s coaching future began after his son, Austin, decided to transfer back to Gate City following football season to complete his senior year there.
The younger Reed, who is one of Southwest Virginia’s top offensive line prospects, had transferred from Gate City to Wise in 2012 in order to play football under his father.
Reed’s wife, Amy, is head volleyball coach at Gate City, which recently won another state championship. Their daughter, Haley, plays volleyball for the Lady Blue Devils.
Darren Reed said finding more time to devote to his family was a major factor in his decision to step down at Central.
“I started looking at my time constraints. Like any coach, you have family issues,” he said. “I’ve got one kid getting ready to go to college. I’ve got another prospering athletically in high school. You can’t cheat the program and you can’t cheat your family. Ultimately, it gets you in a bind.”
Reed said he has not ruled out some kind of coaching role in the near future, particularly if it dovetails with both his family and career aspirations.
In the meantime, he chalks up his experience as head coach at Central to “life’s lessons.”
“There is nothing like on-the-job training when it comes to the situations you deal with as a head coach,” Reed said. “Nothing is going to be as great as you think it’s going to be. Nothing is going to be as bad as you think it’s going to be, either.”