Ed Reid leaves Miami Hurricanes to become Bethune-Cookman coach

CORAL GABLES – Pro Football Hall of Famer Eddard has agreed to become Bethune-Cookman’s football coach and is leaving his job with the Miami Hurricanes, the school announced Tuesday night.

Reed, who plays in Miami, spent the past three years in executive roles with the Hurricanes, first as chief of staff for two years under former coach Manny Diaz and last year as a senior advisor under coach Mario Cristobal.

“We are pleased to hear that Ed has been named head coach of Bethune-Cookman,” said Miami Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. “Ed has one of the best Miami Hurricanes uniforms ever and has been a mentor to our student-athletes for the past three years. He will do a fantastic job leading the Wildcats program and the entire Miami family We wish him all the best.”

Reed will replace Bethune-Cookman’s Terry Sims. Sims was fired after seven seasons with a 38-39 record, and when the school made the move, Wildcats athletic director Regis Hughes — a longtime NBA player — said he wanted to hire People who can “ensure that we not only build a championship culture on the field, but also aspire to academic excellence and professional success off the field.”

About a month later, he struck a deal with Reed.

The move will inevitably draw comparisons to Jackson State’s move — as Bethune Cookman, a historically black college and university — did when it brought in Deion Sanders to lead its program. Sanders went 27-6 in three seasons at Jackson State before being hired to take over Colorado State earlier this month.

There’s no shortage of similarities: Both Sanders and Reed are Super Bowl winners, both NFL Defensive Player of the Year, both two-time College All-Americans, both College Football Hall of Famers, and both Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And now, Reid will have the chance to lead the HBCU back to glory. Bethune-Cookman has three HBCU national titles, the last in 2013.

Reed was a five-time All-Pro safety, was a member of the NFL’s 2000 Team of the Decade, was the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. He led the league three times with 64 career interceptions with the Baltimore Ravens and had 13 career non-offensive touchdowns.

“It’s hard to say he’s not the greatest safety in football history, right?” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in 2019. “He’s probably one of the top 10 players in the history of the game.”

In Miami, Reed was part of the Hurricanes’ most recent national championship team in 2001. He set school records for career interceptions (21) and interception return yards (369), won the Big East Javelin Championship in 1999 and earned a degree in liberal arts.