Ed Reed, a Super Bowl champion and nine-time Pro Bowl selection with the Baltimore Ravens, has agreed to become the next head football coach at Bethune-Cookman, the university announced Tuesday.
Reid, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019, became the latest high-profile former athlete to coach in the HBCU ranks.
Deion Sanders was at Jackson State from 2020 until he took the head job at Colorado earlier this month. Eddie George has been the head coach at Tennessee State since 2021.
Bethune-Cookman, a historically black university located in Daytona Beach, Florida, is an FCS program. It has won six MEAC championships since 2000, but has struggled since joining the SWAC in 2021.
Its previous coach, Terry Sims, was fired in late November following back-to-back 2-9 seasons. The Wildcats’ athletic director is Reggie Theus, a longtime NBA player and former Sacramento Kings coach. Theus is also the head men’s basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman.
A news release from Bethune-Cookman announced that Reid “has entered into an agreement in principle … to become its 16th head football coach.”
Reid, 44, spent the past three seasons in an assistant staff role at his alma mater, Miami, most recently as a senior football consultant under head coach Mario Cristobal.
“We are thrilled to hear that Ed has been named the head football coach at Bethune-Cookman,” said Miami Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. “Ed has always been great in a Miami Hurricanes uniform and has served as a great mentor to our student-athletes over the last three years. He will do a tremendous job leading the Wildcats program and the entire Miami family wishes him the best. All the best.”
Prior to his tenure on the Miami staff, Reed was an assistant defensive backs coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2016.
A native of Louisiana, Reed was a member of Miami’s 2001 national championship team.
He was drafted in the first round by the Ravens in 2002 and led the league in interceptions three times. He holds the NFL record for interception return yards.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.