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Longview’s Head Trainer Receives Award

Longview’s head trainer Lee Reynolds has been named the Texas High School Coaches Association's 2009 Trainer of the Year. Reynolds has worked at Longview High School since 2000 and has been an athletic trainer for 30 years.

The head coach at Longview, John King nominated Reynolds. King talked to a member of the THSCA Board of Directors and Reynolds was nominated at a THSCA meeting in February.

Reynolds showed his skill and heroics on May 8 of last year. During a spring practice, a player suffered a spinal-cord injury after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit. When the player quit breathing, Reynolds administered CPR, handling the chest compressions and breathing parts of the procedure himself. After being hospitalized for a month, the player has recovered and walks normally.

This is the 30th year as an athletic trainer for Reynolds, He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1979. He then earned a Masters degree from SFA in 1983 and received his trainers’ certification in 1980.

Reynolds worked at Pine Tree from 1980 to 1989. He then worked with two local therapy and sports medicine centers from 1989 to 2000, in which he worked with other area schools such as Spring Hill, White Oak and Sabine. Reynolds also had an internship with the United States Olympic Committee training facility in San Diego in 1996.

By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron

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