Payson High School’s “Old Guard” turned out to honor former Payson High School football and track coaching great Dan Reid as he was inducted into the Arizona Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
The contingent of about 30 former Longhorn coaches and athletes attended the ceremonies held April 25 at the Phoenix Elks Lodge.
As Reid walked to the podium to begin the ceremony, fellow ACA Hall of Fame members Dennis Pirch and Terry Nodlinski, both former PHS coaches, escorted him.
Among those in the audience were some of Payson’s finest former athletes. including Nicole Engstrom, Bo Althoff, Ty Chilson, Todd Reid and Darren Reid.
Dan Reid once coached all in either football or track and field. Althoff and Chilson played both sports for him during his 13-year coaching career at Payson High.
Chilson calls Reid, “the best coach I ever had in any sport.”
During his PHS stint, Reid coached four track and field state championship teams, three state runners-up and eight region champions.
In 1990 he was named the Arizona Coaches Association Coach of the Year, and Region 8 Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
He also served as president of the Arizona Track Coaches Association in 1995 and 1996, and on its board of directors on four different occasions.
He has also served as a region rules committee member and a track sports committee member for the ACA.
Over the years, he built a reputation as an innovative and knowledgeable coach, who used creative training methods to help his track athletes excel. His cutting-edge techniques are now mostly proven methods being used by high school coaches around the country.
Reid was also defensive coordinator on the 1986 PHS football team that advanced to the state championship, and had various other coaching assignments at PHS.