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Reid started swimming at age 5 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he's been around the water ever since. Through high school he swam for Pilot Aquatic Club where he specialized in sprint butterfly and mid-distance backstroke. He then attended college at UNC Chapel Hill where he was named most improved as a freshman, beginning to specialize in distance freestyle events. By his junior year he was an All-American in the mile and qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials where he finished 16th in the 1500 free. As a senior he was a team captain, but a recurring shoulder injury cut short his competitive pursuits – technique is vital to avoid injury!
Since graduating from UNC, Reid has continued to stay involved in swimming. After moving to the DC area, he began his club coaching career for the Potomac Marlins starting in 2005 and his summer league career for Waynewood of the NVSL in Division 5. Over the next decade he continued to coach part-time in Alexandria for the Marlins and for Waynewood while he worked as a banker, attended law school, and spent 5 years as public defender in Maryland.
Eventually the allure of the pool drew Reid back into coaching full-time for the Marlins in 2015. For the past 4 seasons Reid has coached the National Training Group for Occoquan Swimming where his athletes broke 76% of the team records for 15-16 and Open Athletes. One of Reid’s best swimmers and team record holders during his time at Occoquan was Anna Kenna, a Brookfield Breaker!!
This past year Reid took a step back from full-time coaching to be with his daughter while they navigated COVID and virtual learning, but he couldn’t give up the pool completely, coaching for the Potomac Marlins at Cub Run Rec Center. Currently Reid coaches the Marlin’s Age Group Aerobic Development group in the afternoons, and is an assistant coach for George Mason University in the morning.
Reid is beyond excited to join the Breakers this summer and help a whole new group of athletes fall in love with the sport that has given him so much. We’ll see coach Reid on the deck soon!