High School Sports

He turned around Paso’s troubled football program. Now he’s the head coach

J.R. Reynolds was named new head coach of the Paso Robles High School football team.
J.R. Reynolds was named new head coach of the Paso Robles High School football team. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

J.R. Reynolds was named head coach of the Paso Robles High School football team, dropping the interim tag he held after taking over during the 2017 season.

The move was made official Dec. 12 at a meeting of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.

“As a former Bearcat student athlete, I am extremely excited to be the head coach of such a storied football program,” Reynolds said in a news release from the school district. “The staff and I are looking forward to continue to teach our student athletes the importance of family, academics and community.”

Reynolds started the 2017 season as the offensive coordinator before being named interim head coach following the departure of Larry Grant after the first game. He went on to lead Paso Robles to a 5-5 record and an undefeated PAC 5 title. He was also instrumental in bringing up sophomore quarterback Hunter Barnhart from the junior varsity team, a move that helped pave the way for a 4-0 record in league play.

Barnhart was named the PAC 5 Offensive Back of the Year.

A 2008 graduate of Paso Robles High School, Reynolds led the junior varsity football team to two undefeated seasons before joining the varsity team last season. He also serves as an assistant on the baseball team.

The district said Reynolds was selected by a panel consisting of students, parents, staff and community members.

“I’ve been really impressed with Mr. Reynolds’ leadership and how he values a student-led program,” superintendent Chris Williams said. “He is a genuine person, and his passion for the success of students really stands out.”

Travis Gibson: 805-781-7993, @TravisDgibson

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