Two years ago, Reed athletic officials dedicated their gym to Paul Kautz, who coached the Raiders boys hoop program from 1974-75 through 1988-89. And then last night, RHS leaders dedicated their hardwood court to Paul Gray.
These were two pretty wise decisions. Kautz was the first boys basketball coach at Reed, taking over the program when the east Sparks school opened in the mid-70s. Gray took over for Kautz and coached for 18 years.
With the exception of two seasons, when each coach took a one-year sabbatical, Reed boys basketball was guided by just the two Pauls. In an occupation with relatively high turnover, it’s pretty impressive that Reed had only two coaches for 34 years.
Kautz and Gray are very deserving of the respective honors. Both are class acts. They are a joy to spend time with and chat with about everything from hoops to family.
The two men have given countless hours of their time to Reed and northern Nevada prep athletics. They certainly didn’t do it for glory or money because we all know there’s not much of that in prep sports. They did it because they loved building relationships with their players and
There are not a lot of significant honors for high school coaches. Apart from a coach-of-the-year award given out annually, potential accolades are few and far between.
For Kautz and Gray to get the Reed gym and court named in their honor is a neat and
Current Reed coach Dustin Hall played for Gray during his prep career. I know he has deep respect for both Gray and Kautz. I have little doubt he picks their brains about strategy from time to time. I hope he gets the occasional moment to share with his players what Kautz and Gray gave to Reed. It’s important Raiders
players understand and appreciate who their gym and court are named after.
My guess is Hall won’t be roaming the Raiders sidelines for 15-plus years, but he’s got a pair of great role models if he chooses to do so.
Dan Eckles is the Sparks Tribune’s sports editor. He can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org