Fred Reed

Eastern Michigan University assistant football coach Fred Reed. (Photo courtesy Eastern Michigan University)

United States Sports Academy alumnus Fred Reed, a veteran football coach with experience at the collegiate and professional levels, is entering his first season as an assistant football coach at Eastern Michigan University.

Reed, a defensive backs coach for the Eagles, spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Syracuse University. He has made coaching stops at Ohio University, the University of Buffalo, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Michigan Technological Institute, the University of Minnesota-Morris and the University of South Dakota.

During his tenure at Syracuse the Orange was noted for its defense. In 2014, Syracuse was one of just four Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams to surrender fewer than 10 rushing touchdowns. The previous season, Syracuse was the only FBS team not to allow a 100-yard rusher.

Reed was noted for working with safety Antwan Cordy, who set a Syracuse single-season record for tackles for a loss by a defensive back with 12. In his 22-year career Reed has coached four All-Americans, 13 first team all-conference selections and developed 11 National Football League (NFL) prospects. The Orange won the 2013 Texas Bowl.

During Reed’s two coaching stints at Ohio the Bobcats won a Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division championship and played in three bowl games. He was also part of the 2008 Buffalo team that won the MAC championship and played in a bowl game.

He also coached at the professional level in 2006-07 as a defensive assistant coach with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, where he coached safeties.

“My greatest professional accomplishments have been being part of championship teams and five teams that reached bowl games, as well as having the opportunity to coach in the NFL,” Reed said.

Reed received a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports leisure from Colorado Mesa University in 1994. He earned a Master of Sports Science in Sports Management from the Academy in 2002. Reed said the Academy’s sports-only approach and online options helped him further his education while working in the industry.

“I am proud to be an alumnus of the United States Sports Academy and feel the education I received there prepared me to understand all facets of the sports industry and its impact on society,” Reed said. “The best part of earning my degree from an institution that focuses only on sports was learning from professors who have worked in the industry and share ideals with others with similar interest.

“The United States Sports Academy’s online approach provided me with the flexibility to work full time as an assistant coach while I earned my master’s degree,” he said.

Eastern Michigan University head coach Chris Creighton said Reed was a valuable addition to the Eagles’ coaching staff.

“Coach Reed is a fantastic addition to our staff,” Creighton said. “He brings tremendous experience and expertise. He has coached in the Mid-American Conference and he knows what it takes to be successful in this league. I am fired up.”

“I have enjoyed working with the coaching staff, players and the administration since my arrival at Eastern Michigan University,” Reed said. “I look forward to the challenge of the 2016 season and helping our student-athletes maximize their potential and achieve their goals.”

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