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Reed football coach Tony Amantia steps down after three-year tenure

Tony Amantia
Tony Amantia has resigned as Reed's head coach. (NSN file)

Reed High football coach Tony Amantia has resigned his post, putting the Raiders in the market for their third coach since January 2017 when Ernie Howren left for Bishop Manogue. Reed athletic director Ryan Sims confirmed Amantia's resignation.

Amantia was Reed's head coach for three seasons and compiled a 22-13 record, including a 6-5 mark this season. The Raiders went 2-2 in High Desert League play this season, finishing in a three-way tie for second place, before a first-round playoff loss to Damonte Ranch. Reed went 11-3 and won the Northern 4A Regional title in Amantia's first season (2017) before going 11-10 the last two years. Reed was the 4A state runner-up in 2017, losing to Bishop Gorman, 48-7.

Amantia was Damonte Ranch's head coach from 2003-11 where he posted one winning season (2008) while building the program from scratch after the school opened. Amantia also was Wooster's head coach from 1999-2002 and Bishop Manogue's head coach from 1996-98, ascending to the position with the Miners at age 26. Amantia has replaced two legendary local coaches in Howren and Wooster's Joe Sellers. He's been a head coach in the north for 19 of the last 24 seasons.

"I'm done as a head guy, career over in that capacity," Amantia told NSN. "Need to take care of somethings that I haven't always put my full effort into with my family. I also can't live up to my own expectations anymore because of my age, travel time everyday, and what it takes to compete."

The former Nevada Wolf Pack player also has coached at Galena (1994, 2012-14) and Reno (1995) in addition to a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Nevada, where he played from 1990-91 as a member of the Wolf Pack team that reached the Division I-AA title game in 1990.

Amantia told Nevada Sports Net on Monday that his career is over as far as coaching is concerned. He went on to say, "I need to take care of some things that I haven't always put my full effort into with my family. I also can't live up to my own expectations anymore because of my age, travel time everyday, and what it takes to compete."

"Tony had a remarkable career," Sims said in a news release. "Tony’s teams were the state’s runner-up in 1998 (Bishop Manogue HS), 2000 (Wooster HS) and 2017 (Reed HS). Reed High School thanks Tony for his commitment, leadership and his passion for the game of football. Tony has a kids-first mentality. He understands the game of football is a tool to inspire our youth to become the best individuals they can be. Tony is always a character-before-wins type of leader. Northern Nevada football has learned a lot from Tony over the years both on and off the field. Tony’s peers have a strong esteem for the person that he is. As Tony hands our program to his successor, Reed High School thanks Tony and his family for leading our kids with class. We also understand the importance of family and the role they play in Tony’s life. Thank you, Autumn (wife), Wyatt (son), and Mckayla (daughter). Once a Raider always a Raider."

The Reed job should draw a lot of interest. It is one of the top jobs in the area and coaches from 13 states applied for the position when it came open following Howren's resignation.

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