Football: Reid hire official
Virginia officially hired Miami Dolphins outside linebackers coach Jim Reid as defensive coordinator and associate head coach on Thursday. Reid, a 36-year coaching veteran, has been a head coach at Richmond, U-Mass. and Virginia Military Institute. Mike London worked for Reid on Richmond's staff in 1995 and 1996.
Here is the official release:
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA Virginia head football coach Mike London announced Jim
Reid has joined the Cavalier football coaching staff. He becomes the sixth
member of London¹s staff and will serve as the defensive coordinator and
associate head coach.
³I am very pleased to announce that Jim Reid will be the defensive
coordinator here at Virginia,² said London. ³He is a former head coach and
is a well respected person throughout the state of Virginia. Coach Reid
brings passion and energy to the program, and is an excellent Œpeople
person¹ guy. I feel confident our defensive players will come to love and
³In addition to his defensive coordinator position, Jim Reid will also serve
as the associate head coach. My relationship with Coach Reid goes back to my
early coaching career and I am excited about what he will bring to the
London served as the recruiting coordinator and outside linebackers coach at
Richmond during Reid¹s first two seasons as the Spiders head coach
³The first attraction to any job is who you work for,² Reid said. ³Coach
London and I go back to when I first worked at Richmond. He was on my staff
and did an unbelievable job of organization and of coaching the players and
showing interest in their academics and did a marvelous job in recruiting
with his high energy and his personality.
³I¹ve been around the University of Virginia for a long time and I have an
idea of what the University is about,² said Reid. ³Recruiting in-state, you
see the type of special player that comes here for the great football
experience and the great education Virginia offers. As a life-long football
coach I believe in the principles and ideals of football. The University of
Virginia stands out among the very best schools in the country at what
football is meant to be. This is a challenge I wanted to accept. I am
absolutely privileged to be a part of this staff.²
Reid joins London¹s staff after spending the past two seasons as the outside
linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins. In Reid¹s first season overseeing
the Dolphins¹ outside linebackers, Joey Porter produced a career-high 17.5
sacks, a figure that ranked second in the NFL during the 2008 season, as
Miami hoisted the AFC East Division Championship banner for the first time
in eight seasons. It also was the most-ever sacks by a Dolphins linebacker
and third-most overall. For his performance, Porter was named to the AFC Pro
Bowl squad, the first Dolphins outside linebacker to earn this accolade
since Bryan Cox in 1992.
Of Reid¹s 36 seasons as a coach, almost half were spent as a head coach,
most recently at VMI, where he guided that program in the two years
preceding his appointment with the Dolphins. He also served as head coach at
Massachusetts from 1986-91 and Richmond from 1995-2003. Reid returns to the
Commonwealth where he spent 13 of his 36 career seasons.
In Reid¹s six years as the head coach at UMass, the school produced a
composite record of 36-29-1 as he guided the Minutemen to three Yankee
Conference titles. In 1988 and 1990, he was named the Yankee Conference
Coach of the Year.
His nine-year run at Richmond included a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference
championships and five finishes in the Top 20 in the FCS ranks. He also was
selected as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year on two occasions (1998, 2000)
and the Yankee Conference Co-Coach of the Year once (1995). Reid left
Richmond as the program¹s third-winningest coach with 48 victories,
including leading the Spiders in 2000 to their first 10-win season in
Prior to taking over the head spot at UMass, Reid spent the previous 13
seasons at the school as an assistant, including the first two as a graduate
assistant. Six of those 13 seasons resulted in a Yankee Conference title.
Following his tenure at UMass, he spent the next three seasons as a
defensive coordinator, the first two at Richmond (1992-93) and the final one
at Boston College (1994), helping the Eagles to the Aloha Bowl Championship.
After his stint as head coach with the Spiders, Reid spent the 2004 season
as an assistant at Syracuse when the Orange were Big East Co-Champions,
appearing in the Tangerine Bowl, and 2005 as an assistant at Bucknell.
Reid, a native of Medford, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in education
from Maine in 1973 where he was a three-year starter as a safety on the
school¹s football team (1970-72). He earned a master of science in sport
management from Massachusetts in 1975. He and his wife, Judy, have two
daughters, Meghan and Molly, and a son, Matt.
Reid joins Anthony Poindexter, Vincent Brown, Jeff Hanson, Mike Faragalli
and Chip West as assistant coaches London has previously announced as
members of his staff. This will mark the third time that Reid and Hanson
have worked together. Hanson served as an assistant coach under Reid during
head coaching stints at Richmond and VMI.
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