Oneida senior Kennedi Reed is joined by her family — including parents Jim and Robin Reed — as she signs a softball letter of intent with Carson-Newman University Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)
Oneida senior Kennedi Reed is joined by her family — including parents Jim and Robin Reed — as she signs a softball letter of intent with Carson-Newman University Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett)

 

Oneida's Kennedi Reed is headed to Jefferson City after graduation to join the softball program of storied coach Vickee Kazee-Hollifield.

Reed, the catcher and a leading hitter on a Lady Indian softball squad that is currently in second place in District 4-A, signed a letter of intent to play at Carson-Newman University during a ceremony with family and teammates at Oneida High School Wednesday afternoon.

The daughter of Jim and Robin Reed, Kennedi Reed has helped lead Oneida to back-to-back successful softball seasons. Her coach, Phil Newport, said Wednesday that her opportunity to play at the next level is a result of hard work and determination.

"I'm honored to have coached her," Newport said. "Kennedi put a lot of work into this. We should strive for more of this."

Oneida High School Principal Kevin Byrd said that Reed made both her team and her school proud as she signed with Carson-Newman.

"Being able to go to college, being able to participate in athletics at the college level is a unique and awesome opportunity," Byrd said.

At Carson-Newman, Reed will be a part of a program that has won 13 South Atlantic Conference regular season championships in the last 18 seasons. This year's Eagles team is currently 30-16 overall, and is in the midst of its 29th consecutive winning season.

Kazee-Hollifield is herself a native of Oneida. She is in her 29th season as head coach at Carson-Newman, where she is nearing 1,000 career wins.

"Carson-Newman got a good player and a good person in Kennedi," Oneida athletics director Jimmy May said.