Kareem Reid named GHS Bears head football coach


Kareem Reid has been named Griffin High School Bears football head coach.

According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the Board of Education on Monday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Reid as head coach.

Board of Education Member R. Syntel Brown was not present at the meeting.

Reid is currently the head football coach at Westlake High School in Atlanta. He is also Westlake’s physical education teacher.

During his tenure at Westlake, Reid led the team to win three consecutive GHSA Region 2-7A championships and three state playoffs in 2016, 2017 and 2018), was named Region 2-7A Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2018 and named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Metro Atlanta/Fulton County Coach of the Year in 2016.

Since taking over Westlake’s football program in 2016, Reid’s football team included 25 magnet students, with team averaging a 2.8 GPA each semester. Additionally, Reid helped secure college scholarships for 41 student-athletes and he established a partnership with a local church for his team to participate in the annual Thanksgiving Basket Project.

Prior to Westlake High School, Reid served as a physical education teacher, head coach and assistant athletic director for Coconut Creek High School in Broward County Schools, where he elevated a winless football program to national recognition in three years.

Reid’s 2015 team was nationally ranked 56th in pre-season and eighth in Florida 5A Poll, and featured five All-County selections, four All-State selections and an unprecedented three U.S. Army All-American Bowl participants.

Reid was also selected as the 2015 Broward County Athletic Association All-Star Game head coach.

He also held defensive coordinator and teaching positions at Pebblebrook High School in the Cobb County School District and Cedar Grove High School in the DeKalb County School System.

A native of North Miami, Reid began his career in education and coaching as a social studies teacher and defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at F.P. Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Fla.

He holds a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida and is currently a candidate for the master of arts in teaching health and physical education at Georgia State University.

“We are very excited about Coach Reid joining the Griffin High School Football Program,” said Griffin High School Principal Dr. Darrell Evans. “He will bring a strong offensive and defensive football philosophy with a focus on structure and academics.”

Antonio Andrews resigned as head football coach at Griffin High School last month to accept the head football coach position at Woodland High School in the Henry County School District.


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