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chunk reid good png 1481684479Long time Vidalia Athletic Director Charles “Chunk” Reid announced Thursday he is stepping down from the job at the end of the school year.

Citing continuing health problems, Reid says the timing is right, “I wish I could go on forever, but unfortunately my health won’t allow it, so this is the right time to do it, this will allow the administration time to get someone else in here, hopefully before the end of the year, so I can hopefully help them get started and kind of show them the ropes before the next school year begins.”

Reid retired from coaching two years ago with the state of Georgia's all-time winning record with 881 career wins in high school girls basketball.

The Vidalia native starting coaching the girls team in 1970 and led the Indians to eleven region titles and the state playoffs 33 times, including the finals in 2010.

During his 22-year tenure as Athletic Director, the Vidalia Indians won 16 of Vidalia’s 24 State Championships along with countless Region Championships. They have also been the Region All Activities Champion 15 times including 7 of the last 8 years. Vidalia has also finished in the top 10 standings of the GHSA Directors Cup six times including second place finishes the past two years.

Reid has been at Vidalia High School for 51 years and was inducted into Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2018. Over the years he has seen many changes in the way Athletic Directors do their jobs, “When I first started as AD, everything was done on paper, and there was a chance for making a lot of mistakes, but over the years when we switched to computer it didn’t necessarily make the job easier, but it made it easier to keep up with records.”

“People don’t realize what goes into an AD’s job. From making sure everyone is eligible to making sure the facilities are in good shape and making sure you have good quality people in the athletic program coaching kids,” Coach Reid said.

“What will stick in my memory about my term as AD are the people I have been blessed to work with. From the Coaches to the Administration, I have been able to work with some of the finest people you can find. You won’t find a better bunch anywhere” Reid added.

Vidalia Principal John Sharpe, who graduated from Vidalia High School, says this is a moment he thought would never come, “You wish Coach Reid could stay around forever, but I know his legacy and his commitment to excellence will. He has been a huge influence on all of our coaches in doing things right. Winning with Indian Pride is who he has been all of his life.” Sharpe continued, “I also realize the last two years have taken a toll on him as far as his health and we have been blessed to have had Coach Reid as our AD for all these years.”

Reid has been AD through all the facility improvements over the years including building an on campus football stadium and on campus baseball and softball fields. “Before Coach Reid took over, we were playing on fields owned by the Vidalia Recreation Department, but through Coach Reid’s leadership, we now have some of the nicest facilities on campus that you will find anywhere.”

Sharpe said that although Coach Reid may not be around every day, he will still be an important part of the transition period and also will have an input in the future, “Coach Reid will still have his office and will still come to the school as often as he feels like it, as he will be our AD Emeritus.”

Sharpe hopes to have someone named to the position by the end of the school term. “We will open the job and take applicants for the required time and then begin the process of finding the new AD. You can never replace a Chunk Reid, and whoever is named to the position, will have big shoes to fill to carry on the tradition that we have here at VHS.”

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