Just over two months after taking over for Doug Marrone, Scott Shafer has filled the final vacancy in his first Syracuse coaching staff.
In a press release, Shafer announced that he has hired Fred Reed as his new defensive backs coach. Reed has spent the most recent portion of his 17-year coaching career in the MAC.
“Fred has had great success at each of his coaching stops, including winning championships at Buffalo and Ohio,” Shafer said. “He brings a great resume to our program as a coach and as a recruiter in the areas we need to win. He has a great command in the secondary room and great ties in the hotbeds of recruiting. We are excited to welcome Fred, his wife, LaShannon and their children, Amare’ and Khamara, to the Syracuse family.”
Reed spent the past three seasons at Ohio University as cornerbacks/punt return coach. He held the same titles with the Bobcats in 2005.
In between, he was the secondary coach at Buffalo. Additionally, Reed was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions working with the safeties for two years (2006-07).
“I am appreciative of the opportunity Coach Shafer has given me to be a part of this staff during this exciting time for Syracuse Football,” Reed said. “I look forward to the challenge of competing in the ACC and helping the young men in the defensive secondary to reach their potential as an athlete and a student.”
Syracuse will begin its final practice as an official Big East member March 19 before moving to the ACC the first of July.
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