General Background. Coach Reed grew up in Liverpool, NY, a suburb of Syracuse, and played varsity basketball and softball at LiverpoolHigh School. Liz's varsity basketball team had a combined 58-9 record and captured three league titles and one sectional championship over her three years. She also played AAU basketball for Syracuse Action, played on the silver medal-winning Central Region team at the Empire State Games, and attended many basketball camps and shootouts during the spring and summer season. Liz went on to play varsity basketball and softball at the University of Chicago, where she was a teammate of former Matrix coach Jaimie Bleck. Liz graduated from law school at AmericanUniversity in May 2006, and she is now employed as an attorney with the United States Postal Service in Washington, DC.
Coaching Experience. This will be Coach Reed's eigth year with the Matrix, with the following previous service for the club:
2011. Head coach of Matrix 2019 Black (4th Grade) team, the Potomac Valley AAU 4th Grade D1 gold medalists. The team went on to finish 5th in the Nation at 4th Grade Division 1 AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL. Coach Liz also led the inaugural season of the Matrix Academy, a unique developmental program for girls in Grades 1-2-3.
2010. Coach Liz was head coach of THREE Matrix teams in 2010:
Matrix 10U/5th Grade Black team, Potomac Valley AAU 10U D-I silver medalists, Roanoke Super Regional Champions
Matrix 8U Black/3rd Grade team, Potomac Valley 8U bronze medalists
Matrix 9U Green/4th Grade team
2009. Head coach of Matrix 9U/4th Grade Black team, the Potomac Valley AAU silver medalists. Liz also coached the Matrix 9U White development team during the season. She also served as the assistant for the Matrix 10U White team at AAU Nationals in Orlando, FL.
2008. Head coach of the Potomac Valley bronze medalist Matrix 9U/4th Grade Black team for the 2008 season. The team attended 9-Under AAU Nationals in Kenner, LA.
2007. Head coach of the Matrix 10U/5th Grade Black team. Assistant coach for various Matrix teams.
Liz also serves as the president of Matrix Basketball.
Coach Reed also coaches in the Arlington Travel Basketball program. She is currently serving in her fifth season as the head coach of the Arlington Travel Girls 10U Division 1 team in the Fairfax County Youth Basketball League (FCYBL).
Liz has been honored twice as the FCYBL Most Valuable Coach, in 2008-2009 and in 2010-2011.
Coach Reed also served as head coach for the 2009 Yorktown HS Varsity Fall League team.
Liz first began coaching basketball during high school, as a counselor at her high school's annual summer basketball camp. She also helped to coach JV and middle school summer league teams.
During college, she worked as a coach at the Syracuse University Women's Basketball summer camp and the University of Rochester girl's basketball camp. Liz also is a self-described basketball junkie, and a life-long student of the game.
Coaching Philosophy. Coach Reed believes that basketball teams at any level become successful through constant effort, enthusiasm, and by working together. Therefore, Liz stresses to her team the importance of working hard, communicating, and having fun during practices and games. Additionally, she strongly believes that girls must be encouraged to play an aggressive, attacking style on offense and defense, and thereby build confidence in themselves on the basketball court. She also believes that all players, especially at younger ages, should focus on becoming fundamentally sound, disciplined, and smart basketball players. Finally, in every season, Liz hopes to pass along to her players many of the invaluable lessons she was taught during her playing career.