Jamie Reihs didn’t necessarily script a father-daughter exit.
“I actually did think about coming back; it was really hard,” Reihs said. “I enjoy it so much.”
Ultimately, though, Reihs decided four seasons at the helm of the Fairview softball team was enough. He submitted his resignation on Tuesday. Maddie Reihs, his and wife Angie’s daughter, graduated after having played two seasons at Ashland and two at Fairview.
“Softball’s a big part of our family,” he said. Angie assisted former Lady Eagles coach Tonia Lucas more than a dozen years ago before Jamie stepped in to help. “Having (Maddie) with me her junior and senior year was pretty special. We kinda got to go out together.”
A Boyd County lieutenant, Reihs said vacating the position will “reshift my focus to devoting more to our department. Softball is year-round, it really is.”
Sheriff Bobby Jack Woods allowed a flexible schedule for Reihs, he said.
The Reihses have two younger children — Tanner, 12, and Griffin, 5. They both play baseball. Due to his softball commitment, Jamie Reihs couldn’t attend Tanner’s middle-school no-hitter this past spring.
“It killed me to miss it,” Reihs said. “I tried to watch it online with the iPad, but it wasn’t the same.”
Fairview went a combined 29-70 in four years, but Reihs said “you can’t really look at the wins and losses” because the positives outweigh the defeats.
Fairview started a middle school team in 2017. Bruce Gibson has directed it.
“It’s great to have that feeder program,” Reihs said. “It’ll be easier to develop these kids and develop pitchers.”
Fairview competed in 64th District play in three of Reihs’s four seasons. Boyd County and Ashland are perennial 16th Region contenders.
“They have so many kids to choose from and they just hit you with so many different weapons,” Reihs said.
Reihs said he won’t forget the spring-break trips to Myrtle Beach, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Destin, Florida. Fundraising made much of that possible. He said the most memorable game occurred in 2017, when the Lady Eagles outlasted Morgan County, 16-15, in a game that they had to wrap up at Ashland’s field. It was nearly midnight when it ended, Reihs said.
“I just want to thank the school for the confidence it had in me the last four years,” Reihs said. “From the superintendent to the board members, everybody was supportive of the program.”
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