Two-sport athlete Lynn Reed of the Class of 1982 represents Linfield’s storied football program as well as the track and field program with his induction into the Hall of Fame.
A defensive end and outside linebacker, Reed was a member of two Northwest Conference championship teams over his three-year varsity career.
He saw action in 10 games as a sophomore, when Linfield was the runner-up for the NWC crown. He made 49 total tackles that year, including nine tackles for loss and four sacks.
As a junior, he was named to the all-NWC first team, all-District 2 first team and Little all-Northwest second team as Linfield went undefeated in Northwest Conference action to claim its eighth league crown in 10 seasons.
His final year in uniform, Reed played in all 10 games, recording 52 total tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and three sacks. He was named co-most valuable player and co-defensive player of the year at Linfield and was a first team all-NWC and District 2 selection.
He was also selected to the Little All-Northwest second team, the NAIA All-America second team and was an Associated Press College Division honorable mention All-American.
Former teammate Mike Evergin (’82) described Reed as “undersized, yet cat quick and bull strong” and said the defensive standout “presented NWC defensive coordinators with fits trying to invent schemes to block him.”
Reed was also a four-year letterwinner in track and field, competing in several events, including the hurdles, before focusing solely on the sprints as a senior. He was a member of Linfield’s NWC championship 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams in 1981 and district championship teams in the same races in 1982.
Reed graduated from Linfield in 1982 with a degree in physical education.
He attended the Seattle Seahawks mini-camp in 1982 but ultimately went on to a lengthy career as a high school teacher and coach at his alma mater, Grant Union High School in Sacramento, Calif.
In addition to serving as a physical education teacher, Reed is also the offensive line coach for the football team and heads the track and field program. The Pacers won the California Interscholastic Federation Open State Football Championship in 2008.
Reed has remained active in his community, leading and participating in multiple social outreach programs. He and his wife of 12 years, Pamela, currently reside in Sacramento. The couple has four children: Carl Lynn Reed, Jr., who played football for the Wildcats from 1997-2001, Teresa, Ari, and Julian.