Where HU Takes U: Trace Reynolds
Once a part of the Heidelberg family, always a part of the Heidelberg family – but after graduation, our Student Princes are now the hard-working and ever-learning leaders of a new community. In our new web series, we’re checking in with our recent grads about their Heidelberg journeys, and asking them Where HU Takes U.
Trace Reynolds grew up in Jacksonburg, Ohio and graduated from Edgewood High School in 2015. He double majored in Communication and Integrated Media during his time at Heidelberg, graduating in 2019. He went on to earn his Master of Business Administration degree from Heidelberg in 2021.
What is your current position and when did you begin?
I began working as the Head Football Coach at Edgewood High School, my alma mater, on January 22nd this year.
What has been surprising about your new position or the process of earning it thus far?
The support from my hometown community and the Heidelberg community. People have reached out to me and wished me the best. Earning the position came with a lot of emotion because of how much I value Edgewood High School Football, but also leaving Heidelberg as a football coach was hard because of my love for the Berg.
What knowledge or skills do you rely on most in your day to day life?
The ability to clearly communicate information and being organized, in terms of skills. The knowledge I rely on is what I learned from Heidelberg University and Heidelberg Football. It is evident that being a college student athlete really prepared me for this position.
What experiences or individuals were particularly impactful during your time at Heidelberg and in what ways?
Robin Heaton, Linda Detwiler and Scott Donaldson. Robin and Linda were a huge impact on my academic path at Heidelberg. These two made me better in the classroom and allowed me to grow intellectually. Scott Donaldson gave me numerous opportunities as a Heidelberg Football player, Graduate Assistant and as a full time college football coach. I can't thank these individuals enough for the things they did for me.
What advice do you have for current undergrads trying to find their next step?
Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Everyone's college path is different, do not get discouraged. Use the resources on Heidelberg's campus to help ensure your success in the classroom and socially. Also, get involved in something on campus whether that is sports or clubs. Lastly, take pride in Heidelberg University and embrace the great community around it. I am proud to say I am a Heidelberg Graduate.