Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2017
New Canton South football coach Greg Reed believes in building a program from the bottom up.
“Before you can think about the big picture, you have to take care of the small picture,” Reed said. “If you take care of the details, big things happen.”
Reed, who will be officially hired on Monday night pending board approval, used that philosophy as the head coach at Medina High School from 2005-09, going 22-28 while leading the Bees to their first Division I playoff appearance in 2006. Medina also made the postseason in 2010, but Reed stepped down months earlier to assist Vic Whiting at Northwest, where his son played football in 2010 and 2011.
“When the Canton South job opened up, it was just a good fit,” said Reed, a 1981 graduate of Akron Springfield High School and former football player at the University of Akron. “You’ve got to really like what they’re doing there. They’ve got everything going in the right direction with academics, facilities and the kids, and I think they have the right values.”
Reed spent the past five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Norton, which went 16-34 over that stretch, including an 8-2 mark in 2013. Reed has experience on both sides of the ball, serving as Medina’s defensive coordinator from 1994-2004.
He said he’s not wedded to any formation or philosophy.
“It’s the classic answer that coaches give, but it depends on your personnel,” he said. “It’s tough to really just determine an offense. We want a hybrid offense where we can run and pass. We’ll work with the kids and see what the best fit is for us. I haven’t met the kids, but I know what they’ve done and I’ve seen some film. They have some good athletes and I know we’ll be athletic.”
Reed will replace Moe Daniska, who went 47-68 in 11 years with the Wildcats. Daniska made the playoff his first three seasons but the Wildcats won just five total games over the last three seasons.
“I’m excited to get going,” Reed said. “I’m in the process of talking to all the coaches and trying to get everyone on board. I can’t wait to get moving. It’s a privilege and an honor to be at Canton South. I’m glad to be a Wildcat.”
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