Reid Humphreys was born and raised in Brandon, MS, and is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School. Though he played football and baseball, Humphreys always knew baseball was his favorite sport. In high school, Humphreys was a pitcher and a short stop, earning accolades like Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi in 2013. In 2014, he signed to play Division I baseball at Mississippi State University. Two years later, he helped the team to an SEC regular season title. At MSU, Humphreys played first base, third base and left field. His favorite baseball memory is when he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 7th round, right before the second game of the super regionals against Arizona. In that moment, he knew all his hard work had paid off, and he was getting the chance to play professional baseball. Humphreys retired from baseball in 2021, due to a shoulder injury.
Humphreys believes that growing up around the game of baseball shaped him into a coach. Playing the game showed the good and bad that it can bring and taught him to be relentless. Players must strive to get better every day, both on and off the field. He compares baseball to life in that there are challenges and failures along the way, but the game builds character. Humphreys believes it is important to take care of your players and make sure they are not only growing and learning as players, but as men.
His best advice to an athlete is to be an exceptional teammate. Baseball requires a great deal of confidence, but it’s important to stay humble and never give up. Humphreys always had people around him that he could look up to, but Tyler Moore was the most influential of them all. Moore played at Meridian Community College, Mississippi State University, and professionally with the Washington Nationals. Humphreys always strived to be as good of a player and person as Moore.