The former varsity assistant takes the helm in baseball

MILWAUKIE - La Salle's new head baseball coach, Mike Reed, has been around athletics all his life.

Reed, 55, has worn a number of hats over the years. From baseball and softball coach, to athletic director, golf caddie, and amateur and professional basketball referee, he's done it all.

And because his ex-wife Cindy worked for a major bank and received frequent transfers, he's seen a lot of the United States.

'It's nice to be back here with no traffic,' says Reed, who lived in Washington, D.C., before moving back to the Portland area.

Reed has assisted in La Salle's baseball program for the past two seasons, under retired coach Chris George, coaching La Salle freshmen his first year and assisting in the varsity program last season.

Reed's freshmen team went 16-6 in 2010, and he coached La Salle's summer team, the Wigwam Sox, to a 15-13 record and the Junior State Division I playoffs this summer.

'I want to keep us going in the same direction Chris had us going last year, and I think we can do that,' said Reed. 'The cupboard is not bare.'

Reed says he likes what he's seen in young players who will be moving into varsity roles next high school season.

'The kids are hitting the ball [in Junior State baseball] and we're developing some pretty good pitchers,' he said. 'We've still got some work to do on defense, but that will come.'

'Over the last two years Mike Reed has proven to be an excellent baseball coach and a valuable member of our staff,' said La Salle athletic director Brian Crawford. 'As an assistant coach at La Salle Prep, Mike developed strong relationships with our students and their parents. He dedicated countless hours to preparing our student-athletes and our fields for games. I am confident that as head coach his work ethic and his knowledge of baseball will continue to build upon the baseball program developed by Chris George and Bill George.'

Reed is a 1973 graduate of Lebanon High School, where he played baseball and basketball, and ran cross country.

He went on to play baseball [outfielder and relief pitcher] at Lewis and Clark College, where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education [1977].'

Reed was a teacher and coach at Lebanon High his first two years out of college. He was head baseball coach at Woodburn High School from 1979 through 1982. He then assisted Jerry Gatto at Lewis and Clark a season, before marrying and moving to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, he became a professional basketball referee, working the World Basketball League for five seasons, until the league folded.

He was an elementary school athletic director and he coached basketball and football for two seasons in Los Angeles, before his wife's job took the family to New York.

He worked the pro shot at a golf course in New York, and took up caddying.

He was a tour caddie for six years in the PGA and LPGA tours, caddying for a number of golfers, including Nanci Bowen and Laurel Kean.

The family moved back to Los Angeles in 1996, and Reed caddied at the Riviera Country Club.

A short time later, the family moved to Washington, D.C.

In D.C., Reed coached his daughters Heather, 25, and Megan, 26, on successful Amateur Softball Association fastpitch teams for 10 seasons (1998-2007).

'We made the ASA Nationals twice with my 14-U and 18-U group,' Reed says. 'My best group went 77-15 and we had three kids play D-I.'

Just over two years ago, Reed moved back to the Portland area. Besides coaching baseball at La Salle, he keeps busy refereeing high school basketball games and working camps and clinics at Gatto's Northwest Star Baseball Academy. Reed first officiated in the Portland Basketball Officials Association in 1975.

Reed inherits a program that is in good shape. La Salle's varsity team went 18-9 this spring, winning their first league title in 22 years and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs.

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