Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney
Former Hokes Bluff High School player and head football coach H.K. “Cootie” Reeves (pictured at center with wife Sharon) had his high school jersey retired prior to the Eagles’ game against Southside on August 26.
Reeves coached the Eagles from 1970 to 1978, guiding the Eagles to five straight winning seasons, three straight area championships and the 1975 Class 2A state championship runner-up trophy. His overall record as head coach for 10 seasons is 58-47-2.
As a member of the Hokes Bluff varsity football team, Reeves was a three-time All-Etowah County selection and made All-State his senior season of 1961.
Reeves later signed a scholarship with Arkansas State, where he was a three-year starter for the Red Wolves. He made All-Southland Conference his junior and senior seasons and was named to the All-American Checklist his senior year.
Reeves was the head football coach at Gaston High for one year and an assistant coach at West End for two seasons.