American life suiting Reid, who is looking for talent
FORMER Heanor Town and Dunkirk midfielder Jack Reid has been back in Nottingham scouting talent for the American college scene.
Reid, 23, who graduated from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina in May with a Sports Management degree, is currently assistant men's football coach at Erskine College in south Carolina.
He came back home to Nottingham at Christmas to visit his family in Ruddington and also took the opportunity to attend several Showcase Soccer Events around country.
Reid visited the Academy next to O2 Arena, Lilleshall, Becket School and also took in a trial game featuring Notts County U20s.
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He also managed to watch Forest play Burnley, Leeds, Crystal Palace and Blackburn, but went back empty handed in his scouting mission.
"I have to say, the quality of players was low," said Reid, who is loving life on the other side of the pond.
"The standard of living is great, very easy going and laid back," he said. "I very much enjoy what I do and enjoy working on a day-to-day basis with the program.
"I'm well into my one-year contract, and I have just been approved for a visa extension for three more years, so as of this summer I'll be extending my stay at Erskine.
"I feel like I'm still learning a lot day by day and am very happy in the position I'm in."
The former South Notts College student, who went to South Africa twice with the Balls to Poverty project, would love to have his own programme in the future.
"It is definitely a personal goal of mine to become a head coach in the college game," added the ex-Keyworth U18s ace.
"But, as of right now, I'm a student of the game and enjoy learning on a daily basis.
"I've just started my coaching badges out here and am in no rush to make the jump from an assistant to a head coach just yet."
Erskine College play in the same league as the team Reid played for, Belmont Abbey.
His job is a full-time position, with football duties, administrative tasks, recruitment and session plans taking up the majority of his time.
"Recruiting is a major part of the job, logging many miles domestically on a weekly basis," he said.
"I spend time up in New York one week watching games, with tournaments taking place in Florida the week after.
"We look at kids from all over the world, in our current roster we have lads from Spain, England, Scotland and the Bahamas and were looking to add a few more internationals for the coming season.
"We train the lads daily usually giving them one day off a week. I also work for the local youth club in the city called the Lakeland Toro's as the U10s head coach."
Reid's father, Glenn, was a well known local footballer and was on Forest's books as a youngster until he suffered a broken leg.