Syracuse University announced the hiring of defensive backs coach Fred Reed today. Reed has 17-years coaching experience, 15 in the college ranks and 2 in the NFL. He was with Ohio University for the last three seasons. He has coached defensive backs for 12 seasons and spent five years mentoring linebackers. Reed’s resume includes four bowl games and three conference championships, and he has coached four All-Americans and 13 first-team all-conference selections and developed 10 NFL prospects.
“I am appreciative of the opportunity Coach Shafer has given me to be a part of this staff during this exciting time for Syracuse Football,” Reed said. “I look forward to the challenge of competing in the ACC and helping the young men in the defensive secondary to reach their potential as an athlete and a student.”
Prior to his first stint at Ohio, Reed spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He helped lead the Mavericks to a Top 25 ranking in both the 2003 and 2004 season and a North Central Conference Championship in 2004. His defense led the conference in takeaways in both 2003 and 2004 and ranked second in the conference in overall defense in 2004. Prior to being elevated to defensive coordinator, Reed spent three seasons as special teams coordinator and defensive secondary coach at UNO. In 2000, the Mavericks led the NCC in pass efficiency defense en route to winning the conference championship. In 2006 and 2007, Reed was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions working with the safeties, including Kenoy Kennedy, Terrence Holt, Daniel Bullocks and Gerald Alexander.
“Fred has had great success at each of his coaching stops, including winning championships at Buffalo and Ohio,” Shafer said. “He brings a great resume to our program as a coach and as a recruiter in the areas we need to win. He has a great command in the secondary room and great ties in the hotbeds of recruiting. We are excited to welcome Fred, his wife, LaShannon and their children, Amare’ and Khamara, to the Syracuse family.”
Syracuse begins spring training on March 19th.