A veteran coach of all levels of football, from high school to the NFL, Will Reed has just finished his seventh season in Athens as the Cardinals Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. Reed and his defense were instrumental in this year's run to the 2013 SWJCFC Conference Championship, 2013 SWJCFC Regional Championship and the 2013 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Championship. Leading a defense that led the conference in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, sacks, interceptions and defensive touchdowns. As well as, finishing top 15 in the NJCAA in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and sacks. The defense was also recognized with the SWJCFC Defensive Player Of The Year, Jhaustin Thomas (DL), and both runner-ups to the award Josh Pickett (LB) and D'nerrius Antoine (DB). All three afore mentioned Cardinals were named NJCAA 1st Team All-American as well.
In 2012, Coach Reed's defense took home the SWJCFC triple crown, leading the conference in all three major statistical categories (total defense, rushing defense and passing defense). It also boasted the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year Runner-Up and 1st Team All-American selection Quincy Russell (DL - Oklahoma). As well as 1st Team All-SWJCFC selection Kewan Alfred (DL - Memphis) and 2nd Team All-SWJCFC selection Efrem Clark (DL - UNLV). In 2011, the Cardinals defense also had a stellar year. Besides being an integral part in reaching the Citizens Bank Bowl, it also finished the season leading the conference in total defense and passing defense and having the SWJCFC's top performer Jermaine Longino (LB - Lamar) being named the SWJCFC Defensive Player Of The Year. The squad also had and 3 All-SWJCFC defensive backs finishing in the top 10 nationally in pass break ups (Martez Shabazz - Minnesota, Keivon Gamble - TCU and Cliff Stokes - Iowa State). With 2013's Jhaustin Thomas and 2011's Longino, Reed's defenses have produced the conferences top player two of the last three years.
No stranger to Trinity Valley or Brad Smiley, Reed was also here for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. During his previous tenure at Trinity Valley he coached both the defensive line (1998), and defensive backs (1999) during the program’s run to the 1999 Southwestern Junior College Football Conference and 1999 Red River Bowl championships. During his seven seasons in Athens, Reed tutored numerous All-Conference selections and 3 1st Team NJCAA All-Americans.
From 2004 to 2006, Reed coached at Texas College in Tyler, Texas where he had been the team’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, as well as an associate athletic director for the school. Prior to Texas College, Coach Reed spent two seasons as head football and track coach at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Reed has spent several years coaching professional football, leaving TVCC in 2000 to join the Milwaukee Mustangs in the Arena Football League. There he enjoyed success as the team’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, as well as coaching the team’s defensive backs. Reed had also spent time with AFL teams the New York City Hawks and the Texas Terror. Coach Reed has also coached in the NFL, spending the 2004 and 2005 summers interning with the Minnesota Vikings; and in 2010 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Reed has also played at the Division I and junior college levels. He began his playing career at the College of the Siskiyous, where he obtained an Associate’s degree. Then, continued his career as a safety for New Mexico State University, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
Coach Reed has one son, Cameron, and is married to his wife Yolanda.