For more than 40 years Tommy Reeder has been one of the most successful coaches in the ArkLaTex but now he's fighting a battle for his life.
There aren't many coaches who can walk down a hallway and point to state championship after state championship. Red Franklin remembers them all and right along side him for most of those glorious moments was Tommy Reeder.
"We did a lot together. Hunted, fished and coached" says Franklin.
Reeder started coaching right out of college. In 1971 he was a skinny kid who had a fierce desire to win.
A fiery competitor with a will to win you would not believe; never left a stone unturned.
If you faced him, you better be ready for a war. You better have your act together and if not, you get spanked and have to wave the white towel.
For 40 years, he was coach. He turned thousands of boys into men and it was all he ever wanted to do.
This summer, coach began facing his toughest opponent. It will be a fight but Tommy Reeder never went to war alone. Like always, he has coach and plenty of boys who are now men who will battle with him all the way.
Some of those men recall pastimes with Coach Reeder. Some say he put kids in a position to win and if anyone can beat this, Tommy Reeder will; with his toughness and the people in this town and this man.
A benefit fundraiser for Coach Tommy Reeder will be held at the First Baptist Church of Haynesville Family Life Center on Saturday, August 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Catfish dinners will be sold for donations. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
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