Steve Reid knows something about changing students’ lives.
In his 30-year football coaching career, which included stints at TCU, Aledo High School and Weatherford High School, Reid saw how education can impact the lives of young people first hand. So when he and his wife, Jerry, were approached by Weatherford College Foundation President Bob Glenn about establishing a new scholarship for WC students, it was the perfect fit.
“You hope to be able to help someone else when you can,” Reid said. “It’s not my motivation to be in the limelight, but we do take a lot of pride in helping these students.”
Originally from Mississippi, Reid came to Texas in the 1950s to enroll in Texas A&M University. Although he was small in stature, he worked up the courage to speak to coaching legend Paul “Bear” Bryant about playing for the Aggies.
“Boy, you could get hurt,” said Coach Bryant. That was it for Reid’s playing career.
He met Jerry, a TCU co-ed, on a blind date in 1958. They’ve been married for nearly 60 years.
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After graduation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, climbing the ranks to first lieutenant. But his calling was coaching, so when he left the military, he spent one year at Mineral Wells Junior High and then took his first head coaching job at the Masonic Home and School in Fort Worth, home of the “Mighty Mites” made famous in the best-seller “Twelve Mighty Orphans” and a feature film currently in production.
“That might have been the best job I ever had,” he said about Masonic Home. “There was no parental pressure because there were no parents.”
Reid built a successful coaching career over three decades. He led the Aledo Bearcats from 1967 to 1972 before moving on to Jacksboro and Burleson high schools, and he entered the collegiate ranks
at TCU and as UT-Arlington’s defensive coordinator. He closed out his coaching career at Weatherford High School from 1983 until his retirement in 1987.
Now, Steve and Jerry manage their business interests from a beautiful ranch in Aledo.
“The Reids have been choice friends of mine for many years and they indeed have deep roots in Parker County,” Glenn said. “We appreciate their contribution to education through Weatherford College.”
The Steve and Jerry Reid Scholarship is one of eight new permanently-endowed scholarships added to the WC Foundation since Glenn joined the Institutional Advancement Office as a volunteer in May.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.wc.edu/foundation.