Vale – Fred Reed

Basketball Victoria would like to extend its deepest sympathies to Jan, family and friends of Fred Reed, who passed away this week.

“Vic Country Basketball has been my life in sport”, these words were spoken by Fred Reed back in May 2018, when discussing his basketball story to help promote National Volunteer Week.

One of the great contributors of Victorian basketball development, Reed volunteered his whole life in a sport he loved.

Fred started basketball back in 1956 when he moved from Yea to North Fitzroy and was encouraged by Pat Murnane to attend the local CYMS hall and have a game of basketball.

From there, Fred was approached by the Nuns at St Brigid’s school in Nicholson Street to provide the young children with a sporting activity.  Word soon got around that there was a basketball program and Fred had around 40 children participating every Sunday.

They then formed a club called North Roys and Fred played Seniors and coached Juniors in the Victorian Championships.  The club was very successful, but did lose senior players to bigger clubs such as Melbourne Tigers and Nunawading, much to Fred’s disappointment.

He was proud that he was able to develop young athletes to become good basketballers.

1956 was also the year of the Olympic Games in Melbourne and Fred went along and watched the Basketball Games at the Exhibition Buildings in Carlton.  Fred was enamoured with the games and sought out books that he could use as his coaching resource to learn more and pass this on.

However it was in 1972 when Fred accepted the role as Manager of the then two-court facility in Ballarat, that he started his association with Victorian Country basketball.

The role at Ballarat included being the Head Coach and Fred quickly set the culture for the Senior program and enjoyed good success at the Country Championships.  It was at this time that Fred also got involved with the BVC Council and became a member of the Council shortly after and assisted in the development of Country Basketball across the State.

Fred Reed, pictured left, with David Huxtable on a visit to our Bendigo office in 2018.

Fred coached Vic Country State Teams at four National Championships and commenced operating Coaching Courses for Vic Country from Portland to Mildura. Fred ran the first Level 2 Coaching Course in Gippsland and continued presenting Coaching Courses up until about 5 years ago.

“Fred was typical of the life long volunteer we have in Country basketball,” VC Commission Chair Bill Jeffs said. “Humble and dedicated to seeing people improve and children develop.

“Fred was a thorough gentleman, an elder statesman to the younger coaches coming through and loved the game.” 

In 2018, when Fred was asked why should people volunteer to coach in basketball, he could not recommend it more highly.  “Whether you are a parent just getting into it, or a person wanting to coach at the highest levels, you will find great rewards.”.

To Jan and the Reed family, thank you for letting us be part of your family and enjoying every moment spent knowing Fred and learning from him.

Fred, thank you for everything you have done for Victorian Country basketball and your work in developing athletes and coaches.

Rest in Peace. 

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