Tom Reed (American football)

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Tom Reed
Biographical details
Born(1945-01-07)January 7, 1945
DiedSeptember 26, 2022(2022-09-26) (aged 77)
Zebulon, North Carolina
Playing career
1964–1966Miami (OH)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1967–1968Miami (OH) (GA)
1969–1972Akron (DL)
1973Arizona (DB)
1974–1977Michigan (DL)
1978–1982Miami (OH)
1983–1985NC State
1987–1991Michigan (assistant)
Head coaching record

Tom Reed (January 7, 1945 – September 26, 2022) was an American college football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Miami University from 1978 to 1982 and at North Carolina State University from 1983 to 1985, compiling a career coaching record of 43–43–2.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Reed studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating in 1967.[1] There, he played two season for the Miami RedHawks under Bo Schembechler.[1][2] He recorded 38 and 34 rushing yards in 1964 and 1966, respectively.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Assistant (1967–1977)[edit]

After graduating, Reed remained at his alma mater and took up his first coaching role as graduate assistant for the RedHawks. He then became the defensive line coach for the Akron Zips from 1969 to 1972. After a brief stint as defensive back coach with the Arizona Wildcats, he went back to coaching defensive line with the Michigan Wolverines in 1974. He served for three seasons in that capacity, his final assistant role before becoming head coach.[1][3]

Miami (1978–1982)[edit]

Reed served as the head coach at Miami University from 1978 to 1982, replacing Dick Crum who became the North Carolina Tar Heels coach.[4] His best seasons came in 1978 and 1981, when he led the Redskins to 8–2–1 records.[5] Reed's squads orchestrated several big upset wins including a victory over North Carolina during the 1978 season and a victory over Kentucky in Lexington in 1979.[3] Reed had four winning seasons in five years and tallied a career record of 34–19–2 at Miami.[5] After the 1981 season, Reed accepted the head coaching position at NC State and was replaced by Tim Rose.[6]

NC State (1983–1985)[edit]

Reed was appointed as head coach at North Carolina State University on December 22, 1982,[4] succeeding Monte Kiffin who became linebacker coach for the Green Bay Packers.[7] During his tenure with the Wolfpack, Reed raised the school's recruiting to a national level and ameliorated the team's academic standing within the institution.[1] However, he never had a winning season in three years and compiled a record of 9–24 with the Wolfpack.[5] He also feuded with Bruce Poulton – the university's chancellor at the time – over freshman athletic eligibility,[8] as well as over the school administration's support for the team.[9]

It was predicted that Reed would be dismissed at the conclusion of the 1985 season,[10] despite having two years remaining on his contract.[1] However, he pre-empted this by resigning suddenly on December 13, 1985, after losing to North Carolina in the final game of the regular season.[1] He ultimately agreed to a financial settlement,[8] and was succeeded by Dick Sheridan two weeks later.[11] Reed subsequently went back to Michigan, serving as its defensive assistant from 1987 to 1991.[1]

Later life[edit]

After retiring from coaching, Reed returned to the Research Triangle and managed an executive-search consultant business that he established. He resided in that area until his death.[1]

Reed died on September 26, 2022, at a retirement facility in Zebulon, North Carolina. He was 77 years old.[1][3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami Redskins (Mid-American Conference) (1978–1982)
1978 Miami 8–2–1 5–2 3rd
1979 Miami 6–5 3–4 7th
1980 Miami 5–6 4–3 T–3rd
1981 Miami 8–2–1 6–1–1 2nd
1982 Miami 7–4 5–3 3rd
Miami: 32–19–2 23–13–1
NC State Wolfpack (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1983–1985)
1983 NC State 3–8 1–6 T–7th
1984 NC State 3–8 1–6 T–7th
1985 NC State 3–8 2–5 T–6th
NC State: 9–24 4–17
Total: 43–43–2


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  2. ^ a b "Tom Reed College Stats". Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Tom Reed Passes Away". Miami RedHawks. September 26, 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Armstrong, Jane (December 18, 2007). "Back Then with Scott Nunn". Star-News. Wilmington, North Carolina. ProQuest 285572343. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via ProQuest.
  5. ^ a b c d "Tom Reed Coaching Record". College Basketball at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  6. ^ Hartman, Sid (December 9, 1995). "Rose believes he can build Gophers defense". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. p. 3C. ProQuest 420047416. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via ProQuest.
  7. ^ "Monte Kiffin". USC Trojans. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Alexander, Chip (September 27, 2022). "Former NC State football coach Tom Reed, who spent 3 years leading Pack, dies at 77". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Archived from the original on September 27, 2022. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  9. ^ "N.C. State's Reed Resigns". Orlando Sentinel. December 14, 1985. p. B7. ProQuest 276722402. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via ProQuest.
  10. ^ Cooper, Barry (October 30, 1985). "Amato Could Get Shot at N.C. State". Orlando Sentinel. p. C6. ProQuest 276627506. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via ProQuest.
  11. ^ "Sheridan resigns at N.C. State Coach: cites health – O'Cain takes over". The Baltimore Sun. June 30, 1993. p. 2D. ProQuest 406800681. Retrieved September 27, 2022 – via ProQuest.