IBSC Boys Becoming Conference
Morristown, New Jersey, United States
April 19, 2020
Michael Reichert has worked in a variety of clinical, school, community, and research settings for over 30 years. He currently serves as executive director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, a research collaborative in a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania. He has led research teams that have conducted groundbreaking studies of boys’ education, resulting in presentations, publications, and professional development workshops for educators throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
He continues to serve as the supervising psychologist for The Haverford School (United States), an historic school for boys in Pennsylvania, where he has been since 1987 and where he founded one of the first research-based programs to explore boys’ lives.
Previously, he founded an urban youth development program in the tri-state region around Philadelphia, which was recognized as a “promising practice” in violence prevention by the state’s attorney general.
In clinical practice outside Philadelphia, he has long specialized in work with boys, men, and their families.
He has written numerous publications, including Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why, I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners, and the forthcoming How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Build Good Men.
Known for showing passion for his players accomplishments, Rick Sofield has been involved with athletics and coaching his entire life. The San Diego Tribune described Sofield as a, “high-energy personality, well-liked by players.”
A first round draft pick (13th overall) of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft, Sofield played for the Minnesota Twins from 1979-81, appearing in 207 games and recording 612 at bats for a career average of 0.243.
Not only was he a first-round draft pick in baseball but University of Michigan offered Sofield a football scholarship to play quarterback out of high school. Once his baseball playing career ended, he enrolled at the University of South Carolina to pursue athletics as a quarterback.
After football, Sofield spent four years as head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. He also served as head baseball coach at the University of Utah from 1987-94 and as an assistant coach with his alma mater University of South Carolina from 1984-86.
Including his managerial stint with West Virginia in 2012, Sofield has spent six seasons as a manager in the minor leagues, compiling a 391-392 (0.499) record. He managed in the Montreal farm system from 1995-97, guiding Harrisburg to the Eastern League championship in 1997. For his effort that season, he received the John McHale award, an honor bestowed on the Expos' top performer in the area of player development. Sofield also spent two seasons (1999-2000) as the minor league field coordinator with the Dodgers after doing so with the Expos in 1998.
Most recently, Sofield served as a third-base coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2013-16, and in February 2018, he accepted the head varsity coaching position at Hilton Head Preparatory School (United States).