Barry Reed had a 22-year run coaching at Virginia High. He is taking over the softball program at Bluefield High School.


Barry Reed is back in the game.

The former Virginia High athletic director, softball coach, girls basketball coach and boys basketball coach said on Tuesday night that he had accepted a job as the head softball coach at Bluefield High School in West Virginia.

Reed spent 18 seasons directing the softball program at VHS and never had a losing season as the Bearcats twice finished as state runner-up.

Bluefield has struggled in the sport for many years.

"I’ve really got my work cut out for me in Bluefield," Reed said. "I look forward to the challenge. I’m just trying to simply change the face of the softball program at Bluefield High School."

A former football player at Graham High School and East Tennessee State University, Reed has had a varied coaching background, which included a stint as the head football coach at now-defunct Pocahontas High School from 1983-85.

At VHS, he won 354 games in 17 seasons as the girls basketball coach and spent three seasons as the boys basketball coach prior to leaving the school in 2016.

"I’ve been offered at least one head-coaching job every year since retiring," Reed said. "Right after I retired I wasn’t interested in any head-coaching jobs, but I’ve been out for a few years now and I’m ready to get back into it."


VHS announces new coaches

Andrew Belcher (softball) and Josh Shuler (boys, girls cross country) are new head coaches at Virginia High, athletic director Brad Harper announced on Tuesday night.

Belcher is a 2001 graduate of VHS and was an all-conference baseball player at King University. He has coached various sports for the Bearcats.

Shuler is already the head wrestling coach and head boys track and field coach and will add cross country to his duties.


Thomas earns all-state honors

Emory & Henry College left fielder Anna Thomas has been selected as an all-state honoree by the Virginia Sports Information Directors.

Thomas, a rising sophomore, earned All-VaSID first team honors after earning Old Dominion Athletic Conference second team and ODAC Rookie of the Year accolades.

Thomas led the team with an even .400 batting average and 15 doubles, while also adding 46 hits, 22 runs, 27 RBI and 10 stolen bases. She has also had 12 multi-hit games, nine multi-RBI and eight multi-run contests.

E&H made its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in the last three years, finishing second in the ODAC with an overall record of 26-18.

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