Fred Reed is in his second season of his second tour of duty with the Bobcats.
His first season saw four Ohio defensive backs earn postseason honors. Donovan Fletcher, a second-team All-MAC selection became a regular in Ohio's starting lineup and picked off five passes in the team's first seven games to rank among the nation's best in that category. He finished as the team's second-leading tackler with 73 stops.
Steven Jackson, another second-team All-MAC selection, was the squad's third-leading tackler with 71 stops, to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, three interceptions and three pass breakups.
Julian Posey, who signed a professional contract with the New York Jets, was sixth in the MAC with 12 pass breakups He also recorded 46 tackles and had a 38-yard fumble return for touchdown against Wofford. Travis Carrie finished sixth in the MAC in forced fumbles and both players were recognized by Phil Steele for their athletic accomplishments.
Reed was promoted to Buffalo's defensive coordinator position in 2009 after spending the 2008 campaign as defensive backs coach. Reed also worked with the safeties.
In 2009, the Bulls' defense led the MAC in opponent fourth down conversion percentage (27.3 percent), finished third in total defense (342.7) and first downs allowed (232), fourth in rushing defense (131.8) and fourth in pass defense efficiency (120.0)
As Buffalo's defensive backs coach, Reed oversaw one of the strongest segments of the team. Both of the Bulls' starting safeties earned All-MAC honors with Davonte Shannon being named to the All-MAC First Team and Mike Newton earning All-MAC Second Team honors.
Reed brought 14 years of coaching experience to Buffalo. Most recently he spent two seasons in the NFL as a defensive assistant safeties coach with the Detroit Lions.
This is Reed's second stint with the Bobcats, as he spent the 2005 season on Frank Solich's staff at Ohio, coaching cornerbacks and the punt return team. That season, he coached All-American defensive back Dion Byrum, who led the MAC and ranked second in the nation with six interceptions.
Prior to his stint at Ohio, Reed spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He helped lead the Mavericks to a Top 25 ranking in both the 2003 and 2004 season and a North Central Conference Championship in 2004. His defense led the conference in takeaways in both 2003 and 2004 and ranked second in the conference in overall defense in 2004.
Prior to being elevated to defensive coordinator, Reed spent three seasons as special teams coordinator and defensive secondary coach at UNO. In 2000, the Mavericks led the NCC in pass efficiency defense en route to winning the conference championship.
Reed spent three seasons as recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach at Michigan Tech. In 1999, he helped lead the Huskies to a 6-5 mark - their first winning season in five years.
He started his career as secondary coach at South Dakota in 1994. He also coached the secondary for a season at Minnesota Morris (1996).
Reed is a 1993 graduate of Mesa State College with a bachelor's degree in recreation management. He played free safety for the Mavericks from 1991-92. He earned his master's in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 2002.
Reed and his wife LaShannon reside in Athens with their children, Amare' and Khamara.