Benjamin Reed, a former standout runner at the University of Michigan, is the head coach of the Silver Lake College men's and women's cross country teams. The 2017 season will be his first with the Lakers.
"I am honored and excited for the opportunity to join Silver Lake College as the head cross country coach," said Coach Reed, a native of Hemlock, Michigan, who now lives in Sheboygan. "As a former high school and collegiate athlete, running has become an active part of my lifestyle. I look forward to building a competitive team in both athletics and academics and working with my student-athletes to reach their goals."
Coach Reed competed in track for four years at the University of Michigan, where he was coached by Kevin Sullivan, a three-time Olympian.
Coach Reed, who majored in Kinesiology-Movement Science, is certified in personal training by the American College of Sports Medicine.
At the University of Michigan, Coach Reed established personal-best times of 1 minute, 51 seconds in the 800-meter run and 3 minutes, 54 seconds in the 1,500-meter run.
At Midland High School, where he competed in both cross country and track, Coach Reed was the 2011 state indoor champion in the 800-meter run, and he was the 2011 state runner-up in the outdoor 800-meter run. His personal-best time in the 5K at Midland was 15 minutes, 44 seconds.
"During my running career I have had the opportunity to train under six different cross country coaches, each with different coaching philosophies," Coach Reed said. "From these experiences, I learned what it takes to be a successful coach at the collegiate level."