Q&A: Chris Reid to take over Humble basketball program
HOUSTON - Chris Reid is ready to take the next step in his coaching career and it will be at Humble High School.
On Friday afternoon, Reid was confirmed by VYPE to be the next head coach of the Wildcats as he comes from Class 3A Cameron Yoe, where he went 24-8 this past season.
"It is very humbling and challenging at the same time," Reid said about taking over a storied program like Humble. "Ultimately, my goal right now is to come in and establish strong relationships with kids there and serve them. I'm there to serve them and to be the best coach for them on and off the court. I feel like coming in with that mindset everything else will take care of itself and basketball will fall into place."
Reid's path to coaching was a unique one.
In high school, Reid played at Rowlett High School under the guidance of Stan Blackmon before going on to play at Wilberforce College. After his playing career was over, Reid initially got into selling mortgages and then went on to work for the Dallas Appraisal District before deciding he wanted a change.
Reid decided to get into coaching and landed back at his alma mater in the midst of the 2009-2010 season working for Blackmon, which he did for the next three and a half years until Blackmon retired.
"He introduced me into the coaching profession and mentored me," "I have a whole lot of respect for him. He's got a whole lot to do with where I'm at now."
After Rowlett, Reid got his first nod as a head coach at Groesbeck High School before heading to Madisonville and then Cameron Yoe over the past nine years.
Reid and his wife Brandy, who is a police officer and looking to shift from doing patrol to working for a school district, have three children Cherelle (7th grade), Chelynne (6th grade) and Easton (1st grade).
VYPE talked more with Reid. Get to know more about the new Humble Wildcats head man below.
VYPE: What drew you to Humble?
REID: "The school district overall and the area. I keep up with high school sports pretty well and I noticed that Humble just seemed like a competitive place from an athletic standpoint. But when I looked into it, they are the full package with the academics and the area that it is in. We were wanting to go to a community and set down roots and be somewhere long-term. We thought Humble would be a great place to do that."
VYPE: What's your style of play?
REID: "I believe in adjusting your style of play at the high school level to your personnel from year to year. At the collegiate level, most college coaches have a particular style that they play year-in and year out and they get recruit players to fit that style. But since we are in high school our personnel will vary from year to year. But I like to play very up-tempo."
VYPE: At Humble High School they are building a brand-new facility. What is that like?
REID: "It is amazing. The administration showed me the construction and the rendering. It is very exciting and it is going to be great for the kids there."
VYPE: You come from Cameron Yoe, which was a Class 3A. You make the jump to Class 6A now and come into a district with the likes of Atascocita, what is that like?
REID: "I expect it to be fun and challenging. I'm excited about it. I've watched this district and the teams in this district. I have a lot of respect for the programs in the district. I feel humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to compete in this district. I have every intention of doing just that. Competing."