North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Celebrating Black History Month: Harvey Reid

During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the NCHSAA website will feature information about African-Americans who have made major contributions to the great tradition of high school sports in our state. We hope you find these both entertaining and informative. Our thanks to Rick Strunk, former NCHSAA Associate Commissioner, on his research into many of these articles and Championships.


Harvey Reid was one of the winningest basketball coaches in the nation and is still North Carolina's all-time leader in that category, over 20 years after his untimely death. Coach Reid died on March 5, 1991, after collapsing during a tournament game. He compiled an incredible 816-208 record in 42 seasons as a head coach.

Born in Fayetteville and a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, Reid had the distinction of coaching in six different decades. He guided teams to the state championship game on 12 occasions and earned seven state crowns to go with over 20 conference championships. Reid compiled his record at Frederick Douglass, Elm City and Ralph L. Fike High Schools and at one point his teams put together a 69-game winning streak. Harvey was inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1990. He was also recognized as one of the “100 To Remember” coaches during the NCHSAA’s 100th anniversary.