He inherited a Perkiomen Valley team that’s goal was to eclipse .500.
Now, after 12 seasons, two PAC-10 Championships and four District 1-AAAA playoff appearances, Perkiomen Valley head coach Scott Reed has decided to step down from his position.
“There’s something to be said on going out on your own terms and going out when you had a good career,” Reed said. “I was lucky. We were filled with great kids at a great school and under great leadership. I just wanted to exit my job under my own terms.”
“I think this job requires a lot of sacrifice from coaches and their families and I felt it (my exit) came at a time where I wanted to reconnect at home. My family sacrificed a lot of time and it’s time that I spend more time with them.”
The Vikings are recently coming off their third straight trip to the District 1-AAAA playoffs, a long way away from a team that Reed initially inherited that struggled to reach the .500 plateau in his first two seasons before suddenly breaking through in 2006.
From there, the Vikings’ resurgence started.
PV finished with a winning overall record in seven of the last nine seasons including a PAC-10 co-championship in 2007, the school’s first outright conference championship in 2014 and four District 1-AAAA playoff berths, reaching the semifinals for the first time in school history in 2013.
Under his watch, the Vikings have boasted two quarterbacks that shattered conference records in Zach Zulli (2,541 in 2008) and Stephen Sturm (3,087 yards in 2015) and countless players that continued their career at the collegiate level (most notably Rasaan Stewart at Villanova).
“When I first came in, the goal was to get to a winning season,” Reed said. “To do that in 2006 when we beat Upper Perk to clinch our first winning season was a great moment. Then winning the championship in 2007 and then winning games at the Quad A level and our first outright title was a great accomplishment for all of us. This year, to make it to Week 10 and come up one win short (of a PAC-10 title) but still win another game in the district playoffs was great. I’m proud of my players and my staff.”
Reed exits after compiling an 82-53 overall record, the second most for an active coach behind Pottsgrove’s Rick Pennypacker.
“It’s been one step after another but there definitely has been more good memories than bad ones.”