Rutherford County Recreation Director

Our New Director, Joey Reed


Joey Reed is starting his 19th year teaching career technical training at Eagleville School. He has coached basketball for 18 years at Eagleville including 15 years as the head boys coach. He and his wife Meg have 2 boys Dawson(Freshman at Lee University) and Jordan(8th grader at Eagleville) and a 3 year old daughter Sarah.

"Ben Cates has built county recreation from scratch 46 years ago. My goal is to build on the successful program that he has built while keeping his vision the same and striving to meet his motto: Nobody loses with county recreation!"

-Joey Reed


Director Ben Cates Retires

Ben Cates retired as the director of Rutherford County Rec at the end of the Summer 2018 season. He has served as the one and only recreation director since the Rutherford County Conservation Board began sponsoring a county-wide recreation program 46 years ago. Because of Ben's hard work and dedication, County Rec has grown to include Jr. Pro basketball, softball, Jr. Pro football, volleyball, winter recreation, summer recreation, and other activities for young and old across our beautiful county. We will miss his wisdom, patience, and his wonderful sense of humor. His hard work and dedication to County Rec will not be forgotten. Mr. Cates has created a strong program that will continue to serve the needs of Rutherford County citizens in the future. We wish Mr. Cates a happy retirement and continued success.



Our Summer Program

Welcome to Rutherford County Rec. We offer many recreational opportunities at sites throughout Rutherford county.

Director Cates Retires

Ben Cates has retired as County Recreation Director after 46 years of service. We will miss his wisdom, guidance, and his wonderful sense of humor. Some of us will even miss his1983 Olds ("Ole Blue") that he bought new and is still driving.

Recreation Mission

To serve the recreational needs of our citizens.