Snyder’s Coach Fletcher Reed: Boys Basketball Coach Spotlight Presented By Cameron University Army ROTC

By Derrick Smith

Fletcher Reed is at the beginning of what he hopes is a long and successful career. He is in his first year as a head basketball coach, leading the Snyder High School boys basketball team.

The decision to be a head coach was an easy one for Reed, who also serves as assistant baseball coach for the Cyclones. “The reason I got into coaching is due to the fact that sports has always been a major part of my life,” he said. “It is something that I enjoy being involved with. Also, many of my former coaches made a lasting impact on my life that made me into the man I am today. I want to make that same positive impact both with my players now as well as in the future.”

While he appreciates his former coaches, Fletcher also know his dad played a big role in his life. “My dad is definitely my biggest role model,” he said. “He has taught me many life lessons that I can’t thank him enough for. A coach that I look up to is Wayne Anderson, who runs 3T in Weatherford. I worked for him for five years, and in that time I learned so many things both about the game of basketball and life. One more coach I need to give credit to is Terry Evans. I was his graduate assistant last year at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.”

The physicality of the game is important, Reed looks at another area that has he sees as making him a good coach. “One of the major things that it has taken me to be a successful coach has to be based on my ability to build relationships,” he said. “I believe that is one of the most important aspects of coaching. I love my players, and they know that. Once that relationship has been built, we can battle together as a team in hopes of seeing success.”