Baylor Sports Hall of Famer Austin Clark, who coached Baylor boys’ basketball for 36 years, calls John Reid ’87 one of the best basketball players and fiercest competitors he has ever coached.
The record certainly lends credence to Clark’s claim. Baylor’s Athlete of the Year Award winner in 1987, Reid was named to the All-District, All-Region, and All-State Tournament teams and was a “Best of Preps” pick by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He led the 1987 Raiders, a state tournament semifinalist before the Division II split, in scoring and rebounding. Reid earned three varsity basketball letters.
Reid also used his talent and tenacity in other Baylor sports, lettering three years in baseball, hitting well over .300 his senior season, and making the All-City Honorable Mention team. He competed two years in track, a season in cross country, and was even a football cheerleader his senior year.
Reid played one season of basketball at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is now a successful businessman. He has stayed connected to Baylor as an alum, a Baylor parent, and a trustee.