NMB looks within to locate ‘Reel’ deal as football coach

nmbfoot-reelmugNorth Myrtle Beach High didn’t have to look very far to find its next head football coach. In fact, you could say he was “Reel” close to the program.

Chiefs assistant Matt Reel, who has served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the varsity squad as well as JV head coach for the past three years, was elevated to varsity head coach to replace the departed Blair Hardin.

Reel also served as assistant coach for the varsity baseball team, head coach of the JV baseball squad, and strength and conditioning coach in the weight room. The NMBHS teacher takes over a varsity football program that is on the rise.

The Chiefs finished with a school-best 11-2 record last season, winning Region 7-4A and advancing to the third round of the playoffs. Over the last three years, the JV team won the region title, went unbeaten in region play, and went 21-3 overall.

Reel came to North Myrtle Beach from McDowell High in Marion, NC, where he taught and coached for seven years. He has been married for five years to his wife, Stacy, who is also in education.

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