Snow Canyon Warriors: Reed Secrist

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R. Secrist
Reed Secrist
Head Varsity Coach

28 Reed Secrist
Position: Head Varsity Coach
Profile: During his 7 years at Snow Canyon, Secrist has become the all-time winningest coach in school history with 120 wins. He returned the Warriors to the pinnacle of high school baseball in 2007 by leading SC to a 21 – 8 record that produced the school’s second State Championship. In 2011 his team finished with a 26 - 5 record and runner up in state to Spanish Fork the number 2 ranked team in the nation. He also led the Warriors to a Region 9 crown in 2005, 2010 and 2011. Now, as he enters his 8th year at SC, Secrist, who was selected as the 2007 Coach of the Year, looks to keep the program in contention for high school baseball’s ultimate prize each and every season.

The Bountiful, Utah native is just the 3rd coach in SC’s 17-year baseball history. Secrist takes his coaching philosophy from Texas Longhorns Head Baseball Coach Auggie Garrido “ I want my players to be aware of what is most valuable to them, is it a bat, a ball, a glove or the ability to use those things? Is that it? No. It’s the players’ minds and their ability to use them. That’s what makes the use of a bat, a ball and a glove brilliant. It’s my job to help players find balance in their lives. I want to help them help themselves become what they want to be through the fundamentals of baseball. Baseball is nothing more than another classroom in the educational process. Really, baseball is a metaphor for life.”

Secrist went to Dixie College from 1988 – 1990, where he played for Coach Gordon Jolley, he earned 2nd team All-American honors his freshman year and took part in the Junior College World Series in 1989, where the Rebels finished 7th in the Nation. Both years at Dixie he was named to the All-Region 18 first team. He then went to the University of Texas, the Longhorns won the Southwest Conference and were later beat out by Long Beach State in the Regionals. He transferred to Briar Cliff University where he broke single season records in batting average and homeruns and was one of eight players up for NAIA player of the year. He was a first team All-American and area 4 player of the year.

Secrist then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1992) He played professionally for 12 years mostly with the Pirates but did spend time with the St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. He also spent the 97 season in Japan playing for the Hanshin Tigers. He played winter ball in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. He was a Carolina League (A) All-Star in 1995 earning Topps baseball card player of the month award in July. He was the MVP of the Nashville Sounds (AAA) in 2001. He played in over one-thousand games in his minor league career. He retired in 2003 to take a teaching job at Dixie Middle School where he was the freshman baseball coach.

In 2005 Secrist took over at Snow Canyon his teams have put together a record of 120 – 60.

Secrist is also an assistant coach with Mountainwest Baseball Academy in Salt Lake City. He’s currently the Region rep for Region 9 baseball.