De Smet Jesuit Appoints Carl Reed Jr. as Head Football Coach

De Smet Jesuit Appoints Carl Reed Jr. as Head Football Coach
Debbie Higgins

Dr. Daniel Zepp, President of De Smet Jesuit High School, announced the appointment of Carl Reed Jr. as Head Football Coach on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. “Carl Reed is a proven winner who is dedicated to the formation of young men. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated an ability to build and sustain a championship culture,” said Dr. Zepp. “Coach Reed is a man of high character who inspires his players to excel in the classroom and on the playing field, and he knows what it takes to prepare student-athletes to compete at the next level.” Coach Reed will also teach P.E.

Coach Reed comes to De Smet Jesuit from Lutheran North High School, where he has served as Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director since 2015. Under his leadership, the Crusaders won the 2019 Missouri Class 2 State Championship, five District Championships, and three Metro Conference Championships. 

Coach Reed has proven success giving his players the foundation they need to continue their education and athletic careers in college. Since he arrived at Lutheran North in 2015, all seniors who have sought athletic scholarships (approximately 40) have received one, including seven from Division I schools. Prior to his tenure at Lutheran North, Coach Reed was Head Football Coach at Hazelwood West High School and University City High School.

As a player, Coach Reed excelled as part of Hazelwood Central High School’s 1996 state championship team and as “Newcomer of the Year” at Austin Peay State University following a standout freshman season. 

Coach Reed inherits a nationally ranked program that earned two consecutive trips to the state championship in 2019 and 2020 and won the state title in 2019. The Spartans won their first state championship in 2005.

“I am excited for the opportunity to continue a tradition of excellence at De Smet Jesuit.” said Coach Reed. “We will be a first-class program on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. To this end, our program will be committed to ensuring that every student-athlete who desires to play at the collegiate level will have the opportunity to pursue his dreams.”

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