The Ben Reaves Era Begins at Milton
February 11, 2022
On Tuesday, January 11th Athletic Director Gary Sylvesrti along with other members in Milton’s athletic department announced that Milton’s next head football coach would be Coach Ben Reaves. Reaves would replace former coach Adam Clack who previously resigned as the Eagle’s head coach to take a job at the next level.
After Clack made his resignation official, the athletic department got right on the job of finding his replacement. However, they did not have to search far to find their guy. After a very successful career as an offensive coordinator under Clack for five years, it was finally time for Reaves to make a run at a head coach position.
An eventful 24 hours it must have been for Coach Reaves to be named Milton’s new head coach just hours after watching his Alma Mater Georgia Bulldogs win the 2021 National Championship.
Coach Reaves’s journey as a coach has taken him to different places around the southeast. Coach Reaves started coaching in 2008 at Berrien High School where he stayed for a year. Then he took another job at Bay Shore High School in Florida. After three years at Bay Shore, Reaves was offered a job at Collins Hill High School. Reaves stayed at Collins Hill for six years until 2017 when he was offered to be the offensive coordinator at Milton.
Coach Reaves will have quite the expectations to deal with that come with coaching one of the state’s best programs. Milton is coming off a 13-2 season that included a Freedom Bowl win, a win in Philadelphia against a nationally top-ranked program, a region title and a State Championship appearance. Coach Reaves mentioned that returning starters Bryce Thornton, Robert Billings and Debron Gatling should help Milton keep pace with their success for next season. Additionally, Reaves spoke very highly of Scott Moskowitz, Caleb Moran, Wyatt Smalley and Owen Phillips being the new leaders for the team and he cannot wait for their recruiting to blow up.
In his first year as a head coach, Reaves is most looking forward to being able to continue to build on the foundation that has been started by Coach Clack at Milton. Keeping consistency is also quite valuable to Coach Reaves, however, he is excited to add his own flair to the program.
Coach Reaves is very set on keeping up with the “7A Standard” that has been created. He plans on building many new resources including a new weight room, practice facility, upgrades to the fieldhouse and meeting rooms and practice turf fields. Most importantly Reaves wants to keep in constant touch with the feeder football programs at Milton to install the core values of Milton football at a young age.
Keeping the in-house staff was a major focal point for the program. Keeping coaches that know the expectations and know how to work with the players is key to success.
Coaches such as Sean McVay and Lincoln Riley have played an important role in coaching for Coach Reaves. Both McVay and Riley are relatively young coaches, additionally, both coaches preach about the balance of focusing on the game and having fun. Reaves also takes much inspiration from his former head coach, Coach Clack.
One interesting note about Reaves is that while he was at Bay Shore, he was a day away from becoming the head baseball coach there. Had he taken that job his future would be vastly different from what it was today.
Milton most definitely made a fantastic hire at the head coaching position. In today’s football, much of the focus is around creating high-powered offenses and high power is what Coach Reaves brings to the table.