Former Villanova all-everything champion of the universe distance runner Sheila Reid has officially turned pro today by signing with Flynn Sports Management, the agency founded by Irish mile record holder and Eastern Tennesse State University graduate Ray Flynn, who combined with former Villanova runners Marcus O'Sullivan and Eamonn Coghlan as well as Frank O'Mara, an Arkansas graduate to set the still standing 4x1 mile relay record for Ireland in 1985. Along with their newest client Reid, Flynn also manages such notables American mile record holder Alan Webb, two time American marathon Olympian Ryan Hall, American marathon record holder and Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, and 2011 1500m World Champion Jenny Barringer-Simpson, (who had a college career that could be very easily compared to Sheila's) and numerous other athletes of massive acclaim.
This is not a rinky-dink operation, this is a serious agency for serious runners, and by signing with Flynn, who is one of the best agents/meet promoters in the country, if not the world. This is not an agency that scoops up East-African runners and takes disproportionate amounts of their money. This signing is proof that Sheila and her handlers know what they're doing, and that's a good thing.
From the blog with the second most posts covering your career at Villanova, congratulations Sheila and I hope you have a long and successful career.