Frank Reed Took UTC Softball Job Just in Time to Coach His Daughter

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Updated: 6/12 11:50 pm
Chattanooga-(WDEF) We continue our week long Father's Day series tonight with UTC softball coach Frank Reed.
He took the job at Chattanooga just in time to coach his daughter Dana Mull during her senior season.
    When Dana was little, she literally begged her Dad to play softball.
"When I was four, Dad would come home every day from lunch. He would have a suit and tie on, and he would throw me like 50 balls every day. I would cry if he didn't come home and throw to me every day."
  Dana didn't have to beg her father to take the UTC softball job when it became available.
Said Frank,"I had a friend advise me. You will never get this opportunity to spend that time or coach your daughter. You should probably take advantage of that."
   Frank coached his daughter for one season at UTC, and the Lady Mocs won the SoCon title.
The two were also together the following season when Dana served as a grad assistant.
Said Dana,"He coached me all my life, and being able to play for him that last year was just awesome."
Said Frank,"I have a picture at home where we are coaching in the Tuscaloosa Regionals. I'm calling pitches, and she's right over my shoulder. We're sort of doing that thing together. It brings back a lot of memories. A lot of fun times."
    Even though Frank was Dana's head coach, he still missed Dana's final regular season home game.
Said Dana,"He said something to the umpire. I don't think it was anything too bad. They tossed him, which that made him have to sit out the Sunday game, which was my senior night or senior day at UTC. I always give him a hard time about him being my coach, and he still can't get to my senior day."
Said Frank,"I was able to slip in the back and watch it from a car where the windows were blacked out, and I watched the game from afar."
  Dana is now the head softball coach at Gordon Lee.
And while she admits her father has been a huge influence, Dana apparently has her limits.
Said Frank,"One of her first seasons to coach, I went down to watch her there at the field. I thought I saw something she should probably do. I got a little kid. Wrote a little note, and had the kid take it down, and hand it to her in the dugout. She immediately threw it on the ground and said listen, I'm coaching now. I'm not you. So it was funny."
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