Team: De La Salle High School
Reed started his volleyball career in league volleyball at his hometown All Out Sports League in Clayton with coach Casey Copeland at six-years-old. Since then, he played for three Bay Area clubs, starting with Diablo Valley Volleyball, Bay to Bay in San Jose and Pacific Rim Volleyball Club.
Combined with his four years on De La Salle varsity his hard work earned $79,200 in scholarships to attend St. Ambrose University this fall. He formalized that commitment this week, signing his National Letter of Intent to join the SAU Fighting Bees in Davenport, Iowa.
His first coach Copeland of AOSL says, “Richard was always a hard worker and committed to being the very best he can. I am proud of him, but not surprised. His hard work is paying off and I’m excited for his future. “
From the ages of 13 to 17 Reed was on many USA Volleyball teams for both indoor and beach volleyball, reaching the highest level for his age at 16 as one of the top 100 in America for indoor and top 25 for beach. The 6-2 outside hitter competed and trained with the USA Jr. Olympics and Northern California High Performance indoor and beach volleyball teams throughout his high school career. His DLS coach Stephanie Cline says, “Richard will be a returning four-year varsity standout.
He is a fierce competitor who leads and inspires his teammates on the court with his skills, dedication and enthusiasm for the game.” She adds, “Although less than a traditional year, [our 10 matches] are four more than we were able to compete in last year. I am grateful that we have any season for our young men… especially the seniors.”
Reed snowboards every winter and is working on a patent for an athletic sports product he designed. He volunteers at DLS kids camps during the summer.
The Pioneer congratulates Richard and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for 25 years at Family Vision Care Optometry. www.laceyandruzicka.com
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