Fred Reed will be the new secondary coach for the Syracuse Orange football program, our sources have stated.
Newly-appointed head coach Scott Shafer had previously shared that the two positions he had left to fill were to oversee the offensive line as well as the secondary. Pat Perles was tabbed first to coach the offensive line, and now Reed rounds out the new staff for the Orange moving forward.
Most recently, Reed was the defensive backs coach for the Ohio University Bobcats, an NCAA Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision, or FBS) program out of the Mid-American Conference.
He began his coaching career in 1994 with South Dakota as their secondary coach. Then, he 1996, Reed oversaw the secondary of the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Following his stint with the University of Minnesota, Morris, Reed served as the recruiting coordinator as well as linebackers coach of the Michigan Tech football squad for three seasons.
Reed would follow with five seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the first three where he was the special teams coordinator and secondary coach. He would be elevated to defensive coordinator and also serve as linebackers coach for Nebraska-Omaha for his final two seasons.
In 2005, Reed would join the staff at Ohio University for the first time, focusing on the Bobcats’ cornerbacks and punt return specialists.
He would rise to the NFL to serve as the Detroit Lions’ defensive assistant safeties coach before returning to the college ranks, joining the University of Buffalo.
Reed was promoted to Buffalo's defensive coordinator position in 2009 after spending the 2008 campaign as defensive backs coach. Reed also worked with the safeties.
From there, he would reunite the with Ohio, as previously stated.
Aside from coaching, Reed was a free safety for the Mesa State College Mavericks from 1991-92.
For the student side of his student-athlete status, Reed attained a bachelor’s degree at Mesa State in recreation management back in 1993.
He would go on to also receive a master’s degree while at the United States Sports Academy in sports management almost a decade later, in 2002.