A long-time Iowa high school baseball coach has announced he is retiring. Dan Reid spent 32 years as a head coach, the last 19 at his alma mater Burlington High School. He also spent 13 years at Burlington Notre Dame and led the school to a state championship in 1982.
Reid says they now have a pool in their back yard and that is the place where he will be to enjoy it with his family. He says baseball has been his life and his wife says if the time comes and he dies, she’d be interested in burying him in his baseball uniform.
Reid says while it is the right time to hang up his cleats he will miss the competition. He says the biggest part is that he loved summers in the Quad Cities with the two o’clock starts and trying to win baseball games. Reid says he coached for so many years in part because the sport of baseball is offered in the summer in the state of Iowa.
Reid says if it was a spring sport, he probably would not have been involved because he has been to too many college games in the spring where it was too cold. Reid led three Burlington teams to the state tournament, including the 2008 squad that made it to the state semifinal round and finished with a record of 37-6. He ends his career with 718 victories.