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N.C. coaching great Harvey Reid adds national honor

Harvey Reid, the late boys basketball coach at Wilson Fike High, was named as the winner of the 2015 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Wootten award is the highest high school basketball coaching award in the country. Reid already had been inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Reid compiled a N.C. High School Athletic Association-record 816-208 overall boys basketball coaching record in over 40 years at Frederick Douglass, Elm City High and Wilson Fike. His teams won seven state titles.

Reid had a heart attack and died on the sidelines while coaching Fike in the 1991 NCHSAA playoffs.

The award is named after Morgan Wootten, who is one of two high school coaches enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame. The annual award recognizes two high school coaches, one for boys’ basketball and one for girls’ basketball.

Morgan Wootten will present the awards at the 2015 McDonald’s All American ® Games banquet on March 31 in Chicago, IL.

Previous boys’ basketball award winners have included Gary McKnight (Mater Dei, CA), Vito Montelli (St. Joseph High School, CT), Jack Curran (Archbishop Molloy, NY), Joe Gallagher (St. John’s College, DC), Ralph Tasker (Hobbs High School, NM), Robert Hughes (Fort Worth Dunbar, TX) and Bob Hurley, Sr. (St. Anthony’s, NJ).

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