Ferentz talks 2015 Hawkeyes at annual media day
UI football coaches Jim Reid and LeVar Woods visited with the media Wednesday
2nd-year coach says Hawkeyes remain hungry during spring ball
Pair of first-year coaches meet with the media
First-year linebackers coach is impressed with coach Ferentz's consistency
A year ago the Iowa defense ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense and 22nd in total defense as the Hawkeyes won seven games while earning a spot in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. Iowa led the Big Ten and ranked second in the nation in fewest penalties and penalty yards. In his first year as a starter, senior Quinton Alston ranked second on the team in tackles and earned second team all-Big Ten honors.
In his first season with the Hawkeyes, Reid joined with LeVar Woods in coaching three senior linebackers who served as the leaders of Iowa's defense. Anthony Hitchens, Christian Kirksey, and James Morris each recorded over 100 tackles while earning all-Big Ten recognition. The trio each recorded over 250 career tackles and combined for 950 total tackles in helping Iowa appear in three bowl games.
Kirksey was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by Cleveland, while Hitchens was selected by Dallas in the fourth round. Hitchens started 11 games for the Cowboys, while Kirksey started eight games in his first season. Morris signed an NFL free agent contract (New England) immediately following the draft and was with the Super Bowl champions throughout the season.
Due to the play of the Iowa defense, Reid and Woods were named by FootballScoop as national Linebackers Coaches of the Year. Iowa earned a spot in the 2014 Outback Bowl behind a solid defense that ranked among the national leaders in total defense (sixth), first downs allowed (seventh) pass defense (ninth), scoring defense (ninth), pass efficiency defense (17th) and rushing defense (19th). The Hawkeyes collected eight wins, including five in the Big Ten to tie for second in the Legends Division.
Reid joined the Iowa program after serving as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at the University of Virginia for three seasons (2010-12). He has served as a head coach on the college level for 17 seasons. He served as the head coach at Virginia Military Institute (2006-07), Massachusetts (1986-91) and Richmond (1995-2003).
Reid led an improved defense his last three seasons at Virginia. In 2012, Virginia ranked fourth in the ACC in total defense (353.3), fourth in pass defense (208.4), third in first downs allowed (18.6), fourth in third down conversion defense (30.7%) and 15th in third down defense (33.5%). Virginia linebacker Steve Greer earned first team All-ACC honors while ranking second in the league with 122 tackles.
In 2011, led by first-team All-ACC selections Chase Minnifield (CB) and Matt Conrath (DT), the Cavaliers finished the season ranked No. 3 in the ACC in total defense, which was 40th among all FBS programs.
Reid coached the outside linebackers for the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and 2009. In his first season overseeing the Dolphins' outside linebackers, Joey Porter produced a career-high 17.5 sacks, a figure that ranked second in the NFL in 2008. Miami hoisted the AFC East Division Championship banner for the first time in eight seasons. It also marked the most-ever sacks by a Dolphins linebacker and third-most overall. For his performance, Porter was named to the AFC Pro-Bowl, the first Dolphins outside linebacker to earn that honor since 1992. Reid also coached former Hawkeye Matt Roth in his transition from defensive end to outside linebacker.
Reid's most recent head coaching position was at VMI (2006-07), where he guided that program in the two years preceding his appointment with the Dolphins.
In Reid's six years as the head coach at UMass (1986-91), the school produced a composite record of 36-29-1, as he guided the Minutemen to three Yankee Conference titles. He was named the Yankee Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1990.
His nine-year run as the head coach at Richmond (1995-2003), included a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference championships and five finishes in the FCS Top 20 rankings. He was selected as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year on two occasions (1998, 2000) and the Yankee Conference Co-Coach of the Year in 1995. Reid left Richmond as the program's third-winningest coach with 48 victories, including leading the Spiders in 2000 to the first 10-win season in program history.
Prior to taking over the head spot at UMass, Reid spent the previous 13 seasons at the school as an assistant, including the first two as a graduate assistant. Six of those 13 seasons resulted in a Yankee Conference title. He coached outside linebackers in 1975 and defensive backs in 1976 and 1977. From 1978-85 he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Following his tenure at UMass, Reid spent the next three seasons as a defensive coordinator, the first two at Richmond (1992-93) and the final year at Boston College (1994), helping the Eagles to the Aloha Bowl championship. Reid spent the 2004 season as an assistant at Syracuse, when the Orange were Big East co-champions and played in the Tangerine Bowl. He was an assistant at Bucknell in 2005. He coached the defensive line at both Syracuse and Bucknell.
Reid earned his bachelor of science degree in education from Maine in 1973, where he was a three-year starter as a safety (1970-72). He earned a master of science degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 1975.
Reid was born Dec. 1, 1950, and is a native of Medford, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Meghan and Molly, and a son, Matt, and four grandchildren.
REID'S COACHING CAREER
Iowa LB, 2013-present
Virginia AHC, DC, 2010-12
Miami Dolphins OLB, 2008-09
VMI HC, 2006-07
Bucknell DL, 2005
Syracuse DL, 2004
Richmond HC, 1995-2003
Boston College DC, 1994
Richmond DC, 1992-93
UMass HC, 1986-91
UMass DC, LB, 1978-85
UMass DB, 1976-77
UMass OLB, 1975
UMass GA, 1973-74