Former Vidalia High School Athletic Director Chunk Reid was honored Wednesday evening posthumously at Vidalia High School, with the Region 2AA Athletic Director of the Year.
Region 2AA Secretary Mike Thompson, a close friend of Reid’s, presented the Reid family with the award on behalf of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) and said presenting the award to the Reids was very special. “This is a special day for me, and I know it’s a special day for the Reid family. To be able to honor such a man as Chunk Reid is very special, and the only thing that would have made it better would be if he were here to receive it himself.”
Reid, who passed away last August, served as Vidalia High School Athletic Director for 22 years, where he had the privilege of watching his beloved Indians win 16 state championships and 15 Region All-Activities Championships.
He also coached at Vidalia for 49 years and is celebrated as the state of Georgia’s all-time winningest girl’s high school basketball coach with 881 wins.
During the presentation, Thompson spoke of Reid’s reaching influence throughout his career, “The Reverend Billy Graham said that a Coach could influence more people in one year than a Pastor can in a lifetime. I can only imagine the number of young people. Coach Reid was able to influence over the years as a Coach, AD, and Teacher.”
His daughter Amber Reid, who was on hand with her Mother Barbara and Brother Ivy to receive the award, said that the family was very honored to receive the award and is thankful that folks still think about her Dad “We are coming up on the one year anniversary of his passing, and for us, it means so much to know that people are still thinking about him and are still honoring his name, his legacy and the things he did for Vidalia High School and Region 2AA.”
In addition to the 881 wins, Reid also guided the Lady Indians to 11 region titles, 33 state playoffs appearances, and a state championship runner-up in 2010. In 2001 Reid was named Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches Association and was named the Georgia Athletic Director of the Year in 2003. He was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018.