Ever since she was a child in Scotland, it was Amy Reid’s goal to play field hockey in college.
But after her family moved to California, the high school Reid attended as a junior — Folsom — didn’t have a team on which to showcase her skills.
So before her senior season, Reid and her parents, Kenneth and Irene, looked around for the best field hockey program in the area. The search ended when they found out about the Davis High squad. Her family uprooted from Folsom, coming to town just in time for Reid to play for the Blue Devils and coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins.
The move paid off in a big way, as Reid recently signed a National Letter of Intent to play field hockey for Missouri State University next season. She will join former Devil standout Brynne Satre on the Bears roster. Satre, a 2012 DHS graduate, started all 16 games for MSU in 2013.
Though she will head across the country for college, it won’t be the biggest move Reid has made in the past few years. In 2011, the family moved to California from a small town in Scotland called Newport-On-Tay, in Northeast Fife. The Reids had visited family in Carmichael and fallen in love with the area, so they bought a local sign, printing and banner business, giving Kenneth a work visa, and settled in Folsom.
“It was a really huge change for me (moving to California),” Reid said. “It was really hard … but I’m really glad I moved here.”
Playing field hockey, something she has done for most of her life, was a key part of making the transition easier. Reid started with the sport as a 10-year-old in Scotland, but in order to continue to play when she got to Folsom, her only option was to join a travel team.
Reid ended up on a Bay Area team for the first two years before, in March of 2013, she and older sister Ruth were playing in a tournament hosted by the Davis Mad Cows travel squad.
Amy and Ruth — now a member of the Pacific Tigers field hockey team — hit it off with the coach of the Mad Cows, who just happened to be Marotti-Huckins. Soon after that Davis tournament, the girls were playing for the Mad Cows, and Reid was on her way to becoming a Blue Devil.
Reid played one season for DHS, and she established a strong bond with her coach.
“Even though we’ve only known each other since (last year) we have a pretty close relationship,” Reid said of Marotti-Huckins. “We get along really well … I think she’s just a really good role model for me.”
“She’s become part of the family,” Marotti-Huckins added. “I train six or seven girls outside of the season. They’ve all become a fixture at my home and second daughters to my husband and me. I consider Amy to be one of those girls.”
Reid is excited to be joining Missouri State next year, especially after taking a tour of the campus and seeing the university’s excellent athletic facilities. One of those facilities is a new field hockey stadium, which Reid hopes will be the site of many future victories.
Either way, after a field hockey career spanning two continents and three cities, Reid soon will realize her dream of suiting up for a college team.
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