Coach Julius Reid is set to join an impressive array of outstanding individuals later this month as he is inducted into the 2018 Class of the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.*
The Hall of Fame includes an impressive array of outstanding individuals with links to the Space Coast who represent a wide range of sports. Nominees are considered in four categories including: professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.
Coach Reid is nominated not only for his time as head coach at Florida Prep, where he took his team to the Florida State Finals in 2016, but also for his past achievements as a player on the Florida Tech Sunshine State Conference winning team, and for his role in the biggest comeback ever in FHSAA playoff history when Reid, then a player at Cocoa High, led his team from 17 points down at half-time to a 75-60 comeback win. In that game Reid scored over 20 points in one stretch, 32 overall.
A humble person, Reid provides a great example to his Florida Prep players. He believes in self-discipline and giving back, both on and off the court. He will often bench a player, no matter how important, for rudeness or loss of control. It is no surprise that coaches across the FHSAA often complement Florida Prep for their players’ willingness to speak to fans, and to accept wins, and sometimes even losses, with grace.
Following the trail of devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017, Reid led his team into the local community where they assisted with clean-up operations at several senior communities and churches. Speaking at the time Reid said, “They came out in brand new sneakers, really unsuitable for the job at hand, but they were willing to get dirty and discover something new about themselves, that community counts.”
With that mindset, a degree in Engineering from FIT, and a philosophy of coaching that far outweighs his years, Julius Reid is clearly a worthy recipient of his Hall of Fame status, and Florida Prep could not be more proud.
* Local publication Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and has so far inducted more than 120 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities