Clemson announced Mike Reed as its new defensive backs coach Friday. Reed has been Dabo Swinney’s guy for the past few weeks, but waited until after the bowl game to make the hire official. Reed has spent the past six seasons at NC State and coached the Wolfpack DBs in the Music City Bowl loss to Vanderbilt last week.
Reed replaces Charlie Harbison, who left Clemson last month to join the staff at Auburn. He played at Boston College in the early 90s and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 1995. He had a short stint as an NFL player and has spent eight seasons as an assistant coach in the college and NFL ranks. He’s already been spotted out recruiting for the Tigers this weekend.
“I am exited to have Mike Reed join our staff,” Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “He brings the entire package. He is very familiar with our recruiting base. He is familiar with our players and he knows the ACC. He has had great success at NC State in terms of coaching All-ACC players and has significant experience coaching at the college and NFL level.I like the fact that he has worked for or played for some great coaches, people like Tom Coughlin, Tom O’Brien, Andy Reid and Jim Johnson. He is a very good fit for Clemson.”
Mike Reed Coaching Career:
- 2000 Kiel Hurricanes* Defensive Backs
- 2000-01 Richmond Wide Receivers/Tight Ends/Defensive Backs
- 2002 Philadelphia Eagles Assistant Coach (Def. Backs/Special Teams)
- 2003-06 Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Assistant/Quality Control
- 2007-12 NC State Defensive Backs
- 2013- Clemson defensive backs
*German Professional League