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Athletic director’s job description didn’t include this

A lot of things aren’t written into a high school athletic director’s job description.

One of them is breaking up a “disagreement” in the stands between students and/or alleged adults.

Terry Reeves, a lifelong Oregon resident who is in serving his fourth term on Oregon City Council, is in his fifth year as the athletic director at Bowsher.

On Dec. 20, in the Rebels’ home boys basketball game against City League rival Scott, Reeves saw a ruckus in the stands in the third quarter and took action.

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Terry Reeves

“It was the last day of school before Christmas break,” Reeves recalled. “There were some people up in the stands who were let in a different door than they should have been and they went up on our side. I guess this happened at halftime. They started getting a little rowdy with some of our fans. They weren’t all kids. Nineteen people were arrested and probably only four of them were kids.”

Reeves, a former state-tournament wrestler who now weighs more than 300 pounds, was in the hallway and looked through the gym doors and to see what was happening. There were eight security officers on hand, but Reeves took off anyway.

“There were people rushing out of the stands onto the floor,” he said. “I made sure the teams were off the court, and the officials. I took off up the steps towards one of our kids and I got bumped into by a couple students who were tying to get away from the situation. They weren’t involved in the fight. I went down to my right knee and my left foot was about two steps ahead.”

Reeves, 55, tore a quad muscle that, at that moment, he said, “sounded just like a gun going off.” He was in a leg brace until recently and is still going to physical therapy.

“The injury I had, the doctor said if I was an athlete it would be at least a year before I could get back on the playing field,” Reeves said. “It’s probably going to be a year and a half for me.”

Athletics in his blood

Reeves isn’t an athlete anymore, but he was. A good one, too. The 1977 Cardinal Stritch grad was a two-year starter in football with the Cardinals, as a center his sophomore and junior year and a starting offensive tackle as a senior. He was inducted into the Cardinal Stritch Hall of Fame in 2012 along with the rest of the Cardinals’ 1975 state playoff team, coached by Tom Greer.

Reeves was a three-year letterman in wrestling and was a two-time state tournament qualifier, placing sixth at heavyweight as a senior in 1977. He also lettered one year in track and field. Reeves graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in special education, and taught for 14 years, including stints at East Toledo and East Broadway middle schools as a seventh grade special ed teacher.

“I started coaching freshman football and wrestling in the fall of 1977 at Cardinal Stritch,” Reeves said. “Tom Greer gave me the opportunity. He wanted some people on staff and asked if I was interested. I coached 31 years of high school football and wrestling. Basically I wanted to be around the young men and try to help them succeed in the classroom, on the playing field and in life as well.”

Reeves coached basketball at Start for three years before moving to coach Bowsher’s boys basketball team from 1988-94. He was also an assistant wrestling coach for the Rebels during that period.

“After Bowsher, I got into teaching on the east side,” Reeves said. “A job opened up at Waite. My brother-in-law (Carmen Amenta) was the head coach at Waite and I was a football assistant for 12 or 13 years. I coached at Stritch for a year, then went to Rossford for three years. I was still coaching wrestling at Stritch when I was coaching football.

“I decided to run for city council, so I couldn’t commit the time for high school football anymore. I became the head football coach at Eisenhower, then I got the AD job (at Bowsher).”

Reeves said he enjoys his role as athletic director.

“I love being around the kids and helping them out and giving them a positive experience at school, other than academics,” he said, adding that he misses coaching “tremendously.”

“I love being outdoors,” said Reeves, who was a wrestling official for more than 25 years. “Football’s always been my first love. I wrestled because my parents (Jim and Carol) enjoyed it so much and I wanted to stay in shape for football. I miss coaching wrestling in the (practice) room, but I don’t miss the long (tournament) weekends.”

Reeves was elected to Oregon city council in 2007 and won his fourth term last November. Reeves, who grew up on Coy Road and still resides in Oregon, said he ran for office because “I thought some things in the city weren’t going the correct way and I wanted to see if I could make a change, and I think I have.”

He said his background as an athlete and coach has been a benefit in his role as a councilman.

“It gives you the ability to be able to listen to problems and solve situations before it gets too far out of hand,” Reeves said. “I’ve always said that I’ve spent my whole life defending people against bullies and things like that. I want to do what’s right and make sure people are happy with things going on with our (Oregon) sports programs and roads and what their taxes are spent on. If if doesn’t work out, it bothers me.”

As councilman, Reeves serves as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee and serves on both the Public Utilities & Environmental and Water & Sewer committees. He and his wife of 27 years, Diane, have two daughters, Samantha, 24, and Monica, 22, and three grandsons.

“My wife is a wonderful lady,” said Reeves, who wakes at 5 a.m. each morning and is one of the first school personnel to get to Bowsher every day. “We have never had an argument or a fight. Part of the reason, I think, is I’m never home enough.”

Reeves said his job as athletic director is made much easier with the help of assistant athletic director Mike Jewell. Reeves said he sometimes doesn’t leave the school until after 11 p.m. if there is a home athletic event.

“I could not do this job without Mike and his family, and my wife is so supportive,” Reeves said. “She comes to all the games, works the games for me, and that’s a lot of quality time I get to spend with her at games. Mike is a great guy to have on your staff.”

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Terry Reeves