Continuing a recent trend, Napoleon High School is set to hire another former player to lead its program with Casten Reed tabbed to be the next varsity golf coach.
Reed, a 2007 graduate of Napoleon, is expected to be hired as the new coach at the next Napoleon Area City Schools Board of Education meeting June 26.
“I am excited to give back to the game and my school,” said Reed, who recently moved back to Napoleon to help with the family business.
Reed has been a Level 2 PGA Apprentice (golf professional) since 2013 and was a high school golf coach in Pensicola, Florida. He also coached in several wrestling programs in Florida.
“I am very pleased to have Casten Reed joining our staff as our next golf coach,” said Napoleon Athletics Director Andy Ham. “We had an excellent pool of candidates for this position, but Casten fills all the boxes we are looking for. Casten has an extensive golf background and has had success building a program, I am excited to see to see how he can build on the solid foundation of our golf program. As an alum he has a deep passion for Napoleon and the Wildcats.”
Reed is the fourth Napoleon alum to be hired as a varsity coach in the last two years.He takes over for Chad Bostleman, another NHS alum, who was hired as the boys basketball coach in April after leading the Wildcats golf team for four years.
Ham said it is coincidence about hiring former Wildcats.
“It just worked out that way,” said Ham. “The top two candidates both had golf pro backgrounds and played collegiate golf. Casten just had more (coaching) experience.
“He certainly has a familiarity with the community and the course,” added Ham. “We hope that will help better the numbers in the program.”
Reed also hopes to grow the numbers in golf, not just at the high school level.
“When I played there were 15 or 16 kids playing all summer,” said Reed. “It’s become more of a seasonal thing. I want to see the numbers grow at the younger ages, see the younger golfers competing in the area.”
Reed, who played in three U.S. Open qualifying tournaments, said he plans to work on the fundamentals, especially in the short game.
“It has been my experience in teaching golf that you have to be good 100 yards and in,” said Reed. “That is where strokes are lost and gained. We are going to work on the fundamentals of the short game until they are sick of it.”
Reed said he hopes to meet with the team soon after being officially hired as the new golf coach.
There are still two coaching positions opened at Napoleon, with girls track and field and cross country still looking to be filled.