WHS Proudly Announces Our New Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach--John Michael Reitz!
Coach Reitz comes from a basketball family. His father, Mike Reitz, was a head basketball coach for 30 years in the 10th region and became a hall of fame coach upon his retirement four years ago. Coach Reitz attributes his love of basketball and coaching to his father and shares fond memories of watching his father coach and playing basketball under his father’s leadership. “I can’t explain in words how much basketball means to me. Maybe one day, I can be just like my dad and start my legacy,” Coach Reitz states.
After graduating from Harrison County High School, Coach Reitz attended Morehead State University (MSU), where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and served as MSU’s head men’s basketball manager under the direction of Coach Donnie Tyndall. Upon graduation from MSU, Coach Reitz worked as Director of Operations, Assistant Coach, and Instructor at Victory Rock Prep Basketball Academy in Sarasota, Florida, before returning home to Kentucky to pursue his dream of becoming a head boys’ basketball coach. Since his return to Kentucky, Coach Reitz has been an assistant basketball coach at Casey County High School (2015-2016) and Fleming County High School (2016-2017). He has also served as head coach of two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams, including the 17U Manimal team in Ashland Kentucky (March 2016-June 2016), and currently the 15U SBA Academy team out of Maysville, Kentucky.
The experiences listed above have led Coach Reitz to have great success very early in his career. He was able to train and coach six AAU players who went to the Kentucky State Basketball Tournament on their respective high school teams this year. In addition, he helped lead Casey County High School to their first regional final for the first time since 1993. Coach Reitz also has experience with teaching important fundamental basketball skills to youth, organizing fundraising events for athletic programs, scheduling games and practices, organizing youth and team camps, and communicating with student-athletes and parents. “For my age, I have done a lot of work since I was 18 years old and in college. My heart and passion is in basketball,” says Coach Reitz.
Coach Reitz’s plan for the WHS boys basketball program is to continue and build upon the success experienced over the past several years, as well as to add his own unique style to the program. “I will put my heart and soul into this program and do it the right way,” says Coach Reitz. “My goal is to go above and beyond as the coach of Williamstown’s boys’ basketball team. I will share my views about the importance of hard work, discipline, and commitment, and I will focus on being a teacher and mentor to young athletes.”
Any male student athletes who are interested in playing basketball at WHS for the 2017-2018 school year are encouraged to attend Open Gym at the following dates and times through the month of June. Currently, our gym floor is under repair, so the location is tentatively set for Grant County Middle School. Please note that Open Gym is for current students only and is closed to parents and others. A parent meeting will be held in July or August (date to be determined), where Coach Reitz will share his expectations for the program and answer any questions that parents and athletes may have.
WHS OPEN GYM SCHEDULE, June 2017—Boys Basketball
Thursday through Saturday, beginning June 8th and running through June 24th:
- 9am-12pm: Open Gym for High School Players (incoming 9th grade through 12th grade)
- 12pm-3pm: Open Gym for Middle School Players (incoming 6th grade through 8th grade)
- 3pm-5pm: Open Gym for High School Players (incoming 9th grade through 12th grade)
Sundays, beginning June 11th and running through June 25th:
- 1pm-3pm: Open Gym for High School Players (incoming 9th grade through 12th grade)