Dodge City Law Head Coach Sean Ponder has announced that Darrick Reaves, an experienced professional indoor-football player-personnel manager and football coach, will serve as the director of player personnel and the offensive line coach during the Law’s inaugural season.
Though the announcement of Reaves’ hire as the personnel manager and offensive line coach has just recently been made, Reaves has been on the staff of the Dodge City Law since the date of its inception. He has been a vital part of a small group which has built the team from the ground up.
“Coach Reaves has done a tremendous job with helping us reach out to the citizens of Dodge City and to the business community,” Ricky Bertz, the owner of the team, said. “He is very knowledgeable about the operation of professional football teams and has been a true asset to us as we have put this organization together.”
Bertz is also confident that Reaves will perform well in his duties in the personnel department and on the coaching staff.
“Coach Ponder has spoken very highly of Coach Reaves, so I know that he will do a fantastic job working with and developing the players, as well.”
After an injury abruptly ended Reaves’ playing career at Norfolk State University after only one season, he turned to coaching.
Reaves’ first opportunity to work in the professional ranks of indoor football came twelve years ago with the Norfolk Nighthawks in the AF2 league. Reaves has since worked with several other professional indoor-football teams including the Quad City Steamwheelers, the Everett Raptors and the Cedar Rapids Titans.
While with the organizations in Quad City, Everett, and Cedar Rapids, Reaves worked under Ponder and developed a strong relationship with him.
“I’ve been working with Coach Ponder for seven years,” Reaves said. “We work really well together.”
Ponder trusts Reaves and believes that he will continue to succeed as a personnel manager and offensive line coach.
“I really respect Darrick as a person and a football guy,” Ponder said. “There is no reason why he won’t continue to do well. He’s a good guy to work with and he’s really good at molding young football players and helping them to excel.”