Mitch Reeves was recently named North Stokes new head football coach and will take the reins of a program that didn’t win a game last season.
“I care about North Stokes and I want to see our football program experience success. I know a lot of hard work lies ahead, but with the help of other coaches, the support from our administration, and the dedication of our players, I believe we can build a reputable program,” Reeves said.
Reeves is replacing two-year coach Jason Smith but is no stranger to the football field. He’s been a part of the program since coming to North as a biology teacher five years ago and also served as assistant boys’ basketball coach for three years and the ladies head coach for the past two seasons.
“I like trying to help kids do things they think is impossible,” Reeves said.
The Vikings are coming off a 0-11 season and only four wins the year before but Reeves said this gives the team plenty of room for improvement. With nine seniors on the roster, he is expecting the upperclassman to bring in positive leadership.
“We need players to step up and show the younger ones the way things need to be done,” Reeves said.
According to North Stokes Principal Nathan Rasey, Reeves is a great choice to lead the football program.
“He’s been a solid assistant coach for the last five years and has proven himself in and out of the classroom. He is a great teacher and basketball coach and is a known commodity and will be with us for years to come. He has my full support and I look forward to seeing what he will do with our program,” Rasey said.
Vikings Athletic Director Trey Wiggins added, “Mitch is a hard worker on and off the field and he is young and passionate about everything he does.”
Reeves is aware of the challenges ahead but said his team has a strong line offensively and defensively.
“Hopefully we can move the ball on the ground. We have a lot of returning players and we’ve got to get tougher. We’re strong; we’re just not as tough as we need to be.” Reeves said. “The other coaches and I want to drive and instill that in them this season.”
Reeves believes his players are ready to see a turnaround too. After a week of no practices or scrimmages in Stokes school sports, the Vikings hit the weight room Monday morning.
“We’re going to do our thing, push the kids and explain what we’re looking for offensively and on defense. As long as we have a mindset of working harder that I think we’ll be just fine,” Reeves said.
North was scheduled to participate in the 7 on 7 Challenge versus Trinity on June 23, but chose not to because there was no coach at the time, but will host McMichael on July 31.