Coach Reid's Story
Since beginning his hockey career at a very young age, Coach Matt Reid has known one thing for certain: Hockey is more than just a game. It's a way of life.
From the day he stepped foot on the ice at 3 years old, Matt Reid quickly showed a natural talent for skating and a love for the game of hockey. He soon began playing for youth hockey programs in his hometown of Massena, NY and at the high-school level for Northwood Preparatory School in Lake Placid, NY. Matt had the honor of playing in Germany and Japan for the US National U-16 and U-17 teams as well as accepted a full scholarship to Clarkson University (NCAA-DI).
Matt went on to play professionally in Europe as well as be contracted by the Washington Capitols organization to play for the Portland Pirates, Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL). Within his professional career, Matt was a part of 4 championship teams, being named team MVP numerous times and accumulating offensive awards as well as fans. Matt notes that much of his playing success was in part to the guidance from many of the great coaches he grew to idolize and shape his own coaching career by.
Shortly after completing his 9 year professional career, Matt settled down in Charleston, SC and discovered his love for not on playing but also for coaching. This is where he met his wife Laurie and continued to coach youth and high-school teams quickly building his reputation as a top coach in the area and being named SC Coach of the Year for 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2017/2018.
In early 2018, Matt and his wife (and their 2 adorable pups, Harvey & Gracie) moved to Maryland for Matt to become Team Maryland's Director of Skill Development and Head Coach of the AAA U16 team, taking his players all the way to become the 2018 AYHL Champions! Presently Coach Reid is in his second season with TM and took on the role of Skills Director for the Maryland Black Bears (NAHL).