Jim Reaker is entering his 13 year as head varsity coach of the fast pitch Lions (1989-1996, 2013-present). He led the Lions to their first program sectional championship (1991) and first SBAAC championship (1994) and was named SBAAC Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1994. He retired from the education field in 2014 after 30 years as a teacher and counselor at New Richmond High School. In his seventeen year absence as head of the fast pitch program he spent time coaching his sons in baseball and football.
Reaker also has coached middle school and freshman football (1984-1990, 2015) and JV baseball (1985-1987) for New Richmond High School. He also has become a volunteer radio announcer for NRHS sports broadcasts and does weekly podcasts on Xavier University basketball for the Grueling Truth Network since his retirement.
Reaker is a native of Plymouth, Indiana and graduated from LaVille High School (Lakeville, Indiana) in 1980. He earned six varsity letters (3 football and 3 baseball) at LaVille, while earning all-conference honors in both sports. He received his B.S. degree in secondary social studies education from Ball State University in 1984 and his masters of education degree in school counseling from Xavier University in 1988.
His wife Michele is semi-retired special education teacher after retiring in the spring of 2013 from New Richmond's Locust Corner Elementary. They are the parents of Tyler, 25, who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University, and Austin, 22, who will graduate from Saint Louis University this Spring and will enter a masters program in education at the University of Notre Dame and hopes to follow his father’s footsteps in teaching and coaching.