By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Kevin Reed had an end-of-year meeting scheduled for Thursday with Sherando athletic director Jason Barbe. Reed said about 15 minutes before the meeting, he got a text from Barbe saying to meet him in the main office. At that point, Reed knew something wasn't right.
A short time later, Barbe and Sherando principal John Nelson told Reed that they would not be renewing his contract as head girls basketball coach at Sherando.
"It's a major disappointment," Reed said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon. "At the end of the day we just had some philosophical differences. I was trying to fight for the equality of the girls program. I felt that certain things needed to be upgraded, equipment, things like that, to help us continue to be competitive."
Reed said that he was told by Nelson that they felt their differences were too great, and felt it was best not to renew his contract.
Reed coached the Warriors for three seasons, and had a 51-25 mark during that time. The Warriors reached the Region II semifinals all three seasons, the only three times the program has advanced that far.
Last year the Warriors had their best season yet, as they won the Northwestern District regular season and tournament titles with a very young squad. They had no seniors and only one junior on the team.
Sherando went through a six-game losing streak, and Reed will be the first to admit that he didn't handle losing well. He was even ejected and had to miss a game.
Reed said that after the season he met with Barbe and Nelson, and that everything seemed fine at that point.
"I left that meeting feeling better about things," Reed said.
Reed, a Stephens City resident, is a fourth grade teacher at Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School in Loudoun County. Before he came to Sherando, Reed was the girls basketball coach at Loudoun County High School for eight years, and won the Group AA state title there in the 2008-09 season. He has a record of 207-75 in 11 years as a girls basketball head coach.
Reed's oldest daughter, Lauren, was Sherando's leading scorer this past season as a freshman. She averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game, and was also the Northern Virginia Daily's Co-Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Kevin Reed said he pulled both Lauren and his youngest daughter, Erika, out of class to let them know that his contract wasn't being renewed.
He said he did not get a chance to talk to the team as a whole, but some of them did get in contact with him throughout the day.
"All the passion and competitiveness I had was on their side," Reed said. "I wanted them to be successful and learn and grow on and off the court. I appreciate their support and their parents' support over the last three years and today."
Nelson stated in a news release Thursday morning that the school wished Reed well in his future.
"Coach Reed has devoted many hours to helping elevate our girls basketball program over the past three years," Nelson said. "We wish him well as he pursues other opportunities."
Reed said he wasn't sure what will happen in the offseason. He said he had already heard from some other schools, but that he would have to sit down with his family and decide what they want to do.
"Obviously, Lauren is upset -- it's a sad day for her," Reed said. "It's a sad day for the team. Sherando's girls basketball team lost today."
Barbe did not return phone calls seeking comment.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or firstname.lastname@example.org