Former Hurricanes, Ravens star Ed Reid agrees to be Bethune-Cookman football coach

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Hall of Fame safety Ed Reid 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 positions with the Hurricanes, first as two years as chief of staff under former coach Manny Diaz and last year as a senior advisor under coach Mario Cristobal.

“We are delighted to hear that Ed has been named Bethune-Cookman’s head coach,” said Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich. “Ed is one of the best men ever to wear a Miami Hurricanes uniform and has been a mentor to our student-athletes for the past three years. He will do an excellent job leading the Wildcats program and the entire Miami University The family wishes him all the best.”

Reed will replace Bethune-Cookman’s Terry Sims. Sims was fired after a 38-39 record over seven seasons, and when the school made the move, Wildcats athletic director Regis Hughes — a longtime NBA player — said he hoped Hire someone 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.

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reid celebrates after defeating the Miami Dolphins in the wild card playoffs on January 4, 2009

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Ed Reid of the Baltimore Ravens after the Ravens beat the Miami Dolphins 27-9 in their AFC wild card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 at Dolphins Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. left the pitch.

The move will inevitably draw comparisons to those at Jackson State — such as Bethune Cookman, a historically black college and university — at the time Bring in Deion Sanders lead its program.Sanders was hired earlier this month after going 27-6 in three seasons at Jackson State take over colorado.

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), and won the Big East championship in the javelin throw in 1999, graduating summa cum laude. liberal arts degree.