Washington High School’s softball program is closing in on its 1,000th win.
And one guy has seen his fair of those victories.
“I’m estimating I have been there for 700 of them in one form or another,“ said former head coach Clint Reed. “Hopefully I will be there for the 1000th, this year not next!“
While Reed was the head coach, between 1989-2005, Washington won 177 games. Now retired, he’s been an assistant the past nine years and is the authority on Washington softball.
“I think the time and effort the parents and players put in to make these kids good ball players. It’s taken a lot of effort from a lot of girls to get that far,“ Reed said.
Current coach Stephanie Lawson is a former Panther player. She is encouraging other former players to autograph a sign at Jan Smith Field commemorating Washington’s quest for 1000 wins.
And it’s not just past players getting excited about this milestone. Reed is making sure the current Panthers understand the size of this accomplishment.
“We walk them around the back side of the dugout and see the names they might recognize (on a softball banner). I think they are feeling what a thousand is,“ Reed said. “It is something our school, our players and our alumni should be proud of. Very few schools have that 1000th win.