Don Reed retired this week following an outstanding 50-year career as a baseball coach.
The 72-year-old icon compiled a 255-134 record during the past 14 years as head coach at Shorecrest Prep (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
. His 2010 team finished second in the Class 2A state tournament.
Reed also put in 13 highly successful years as a head coach in the prestigious Cape Cod League, a summer wood-bat league for young professional prospects. During those years he coached such future Major League stars as Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Albert Belle, Carolos, Pena, Frank Thomas, Mo Vaughn and Robin Ventura.
His sons, Jeff and Curt, played college and professional baseball. Jeff played in the Majors for 16 years and was on the Cincinnati Reds' 1990 World Series championship team. He also caught Tom Browning's perfect game.
Reed told the Tampa Bay Times, "It was a tough decision, but I felt it was the right time to do it. I think the program is in decent shape and I know Ron Rhoads (new head coach) will keep everything going well. I really enjoyed working with the kids and watching them improve. That's the biggest kick I got, watching them get better."