Pro Football Hall of Fame Safety Ed Reed has been named the next Head Coach of the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. This follows a trend of universities hiring former NFL players to their coaching staffs or right out as their Head Coach. Bethune-Cookman is an HBCU and has drawn comparisons to Jackson State hiring Deion Sanders with this coaching hire. Reed had expressed his interest in a job as a defensive coordinator or Head Coach previously. The Wildcats play football in Daytona, Florida which is the same state Reed played college football with the Miami Hurricanes.
Bethune-Cookman University Athletics has entered an agreement in principle with Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed to be its 16th head football coach.
— Bethune-Cookman Athletics (@BCUAthletics) December 27, 2022
In his NFL career from 2002 to 2013 with the Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans, and New York Jets, Ed Reed recorded 532 solo tackles, 644 total tackles, six sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 140 passes defended, ten fumble recoveries that he returned for 44 yards and 64 interceptions that he returned for 1,590 yards with seven defensive touchdowns. The Hall of Fame Safety has countless awards and a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens.
It is too early to say if Ed Reed will be able to have the same level of success that Deion Sanders had at Jackson State. The appeal for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats is apparent though. A Hall of Fame player with ties to Florida should be able to recruit well at this level. Reed has the passion and knowledge to be a great coach in college football.