Priddy began his volleyball career at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, AZ in 1994. Reid’s success here was just the beginning of a lucrative professional career that would eventually lead him to the Olympic games.
A four-time Olympian, Priddy garnered a Gold Medal in 2008 & a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Games. Along with his Olympic experience, Priddy has competed in a number of domestic and international tournaments where his accolades included a multitude of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals.
Who are your role models?
I have always drawn tremendous inspiration from our Armed Forces Special Ops warriors. Adam Brown (Book: “Fearless”) is a the top of the list of character traits I would love to emulate. Purpose, strength, compassion and fortitude are all elements of this mans legacy. In the 2016 Olympic Games, I drew inspiration from the Apostle Paul namely through a small letter he penned while being under lock and key in a Roman prison to some friends he had in Philippi. In that letter, though he was in dire circumstances, he says he has found the “secret of contentment in any situation”. That idea of contentment or toughness in any situation is what I strive for in life and on the court.
If you weren’t playing professional volleyball, what would your job be?
Country Rock Drummer.
When did you join the AVP?
Came on the the tour in 2000 and groveled through the qualifiers and eventually made it to the main draw….however, left for 16 years and played in a handful of tournaments along the way. But this season, is the first season that it has been my main focus.
What motivated you to pursue volleyball?
It was love at first sight. I think it was in the mix and layers you find in volleyball…its a high strategy game but requires both tremendous athleticism while also a level of finesse as you max jump to crush a ball but can’t cross the center line or touch the net. Complex and competitive. I was hooked.