When the Northern Bedford Black Panthers soccer coaches and gamers take the sphere for his or her sport tonight at Bellwood-Antis, they are going to be doing so with very heavy hearts.
Earlier this week, long-time Northern Bedford assistant soccer coach Rob Reed died at dwelling from issues of the coronavirus. He was solely 56.
“This can be a very unhappy time,” Northern Bedford athletic director and former varsity soccer coach Jeff Batzel mentioned. “I grew up with Rob. He was a kind of guys who would assist wherever that you just wanted him.
“Rob lived lower than half a mile from our soccer discipline, and if we might have a clock operator or a scorekeeper not present up for the video games, there could be a number of instances that I’d name Rob, and he’d come up and bail us out.”
Reed, who labored with the offensive line and defensive backs at Northern Bedford, and likewise helped coach the varsity’s junior varsity soccer staff, was additionally concerned as a coach with each Northern Bedford’s junior highschool basketball and baseball applications.
“He’d do something for the varsity and its sports activities applications,” Batzel mentioned.
Reed served as an assistant coach on Batzel’s varsity soccer workers for a number of seasons earlier than becoming a member of present head coach Garry Black’s workers. Black is in his seventh season because the Black Panthers coach this fall.
“What Coach Reed did so properly is that he didn’t concern himself a lot with the gamers who had been going to be enjoying the video games on Friday nights,” Black mentioned. “He was there for the youthful gamers who had been nonetheless making an attempt to be taught the sport.
“He was continually serving to the redshirts, and he ran our scout staff protection in practices, imitating what the opposing defenses could be doing,” Black added. “He was there to assist the youthful gamers turn out to be higher gamers, and to succeed in their potential.”
Reed had examined constructive for COVID-19 early final week. Batzel and Black mentioned that he had been planning to get vaccinated early this week, however handed away earlier than he may obtain the vaccine.
Reed was employed by the Heart for Group Motion in Bedford, the place his many duties included educating Basic Equivalency Diploma (GED) lessons for inmates at each the Bedford County and Huntingdon County prisons.
He’s survived by sisters Andrea and Melinda, and brother Mike — who has been a coach with the Juniata Valley Excessive Faculty women basketball program.
At press time, all funeral preparations had been incomplete.
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