H. Reed Prosser '91 | Handley 100th Notable
H. Reed Prosser ’91

Reed Prosser was an excellent student athlete at Handley. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Class Vice President, Boys State representative and had a Hall of Fame career as a starter in football, basketball and baseball.

He earned his B.A. in English at the College of William & Mary where he was a two-year starter and three-year letterman on the football team. Reed returned to Winchester and taught English at Daniel Morgan Middle School while he served as an assistant football and baseball coach at Handley for three years.

Reed left Handley to help Coach Walter Barr build the Shenandoah University football program from the ground up. During his four years there, he was Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Education Administration while at Shenandoah University.

Reed left Shenandoah University to teach English and to serve as head football coach at Broadway, Millbrook and Heritage-Leesburg High Schools. He led all three schools to playoff berths and playoff wins, earning several Coach of the Year honors. He gave up coaching football and accepted the position as the Director of Student Activities at John Handley High School in 2018.

The Director of Student Activities position allows Reed the opportunity to work with students not only in athletics and activities but also in the arts. He believes that when one uses athletics and arts to supplement academics, one creates a positive culture of success and that the success will permeate the entire school.

He has said he remembers the way he was treated in a positive way by his coaches and teachers; always being challenged to be a better person. “At the end of the day, you want your kids to be better people. If you are focusing on that culture, winning is a byproduct of that success.  It is our job to mold young people into positive community members, servant leaders and productive citizens…thus continuing the Long Maroon Line.”

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