Hawks’ Impressive Turnaround Made Reeder ‘West Tennessee Football Coach of the Year’
BY BRAD SAM
brad@ mckenziebanner. com
JACKSON — Tyler Reeder, the first-year head coach of the Jackson South Side Hawks, was named The Jackson Sun’s West Tennessee Football Coach of the Year due to the monumental improvement shown by the team from last year.
In the 2016 season, the Hawks finished with a record of 1-9. During that unfortunate run, Reeder was named the interim head coach.
In July, he was officially named to the position permanently. The team experienced a dramatic turnaround in 2017 with a record of 8-5, culminating in a one-point loss in the TSSAA Class 4A Quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Springfield.
Reeder, a 2008 graduate of McKenzie High School and 2012 graduate of Bethel University, told The Banner, “It’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not possible without the kids. I didn’t make any plays on Friday night, they did that. I’m very proud of my boys and very impressed with the program.”
He continued, “I’m anxious to see what the future holds. We’ll have to work even harder next year. Nobody expected what we did this past year, but now they will. I think it’s good motivation. Our goal was to put South Side back on the map, and we look forward to continuing to do that.”
Reeder resides in McKenzie with his wife, Brittany, and young son, Dawson. He is the son of Terry and Melissa Reeder and the grandson of Jerry and Nancy Reeder, all of McKenzie.