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Former Iowa coach Jim Reid Named New Boston College Defensive Coordinator

Boston College announced Wednesday that their new defensive coordinator will be Jim Reid. Reid served as the Eagles defensive coordinator in 1994 and was the linebackers coach at Iowa for the last three seasons.

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CHESTNUT HILL – Boston College announced their new defensive coordinator Wednesday, as Jim Reid will take over the playcalling duties and coach the linebackers. The Medford, Mass.-native has 40 years of coaching experience including his last stint at Iowa, where he spent three years as the linebackers coach.

In making the announcement, head coach Steve Addazio said that he has "known Jim Reid for a long time and have tremendous respect for the work he's done as a head coach, a coordinator and in the NFL."

Reid is returning to the position he held over two decades ago, as under Dan Henning in 1994 Reid's defense set a program record for sacks and won the Aloha Bowl. 

"He is an impact coach who has left an indelible mark everywhere he has been," Addazio said. "He is an extremely high-energy guy with a tremendous passion for the game of football. His experience in the Northeast, at Boston College and with many people on our staff makes him an invaluable addition. He has a great ability to develop and lead players and will be an integral part in the progression of our program.”

With the help of Reid, the Hawkeyes ranked 22nd in the nation in total defense last year, ranking 15th in rush defense. Iowa won its first 12 games – and earned the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll – before falling in the Big Ten Championship. In 2014, the Hawkeyes ranked seventh in pass defense and in 2013, Reid was named one of FootbalScoop’s national linebackers Coaches of the Year.

“First, I would like to thank Kirk Ferentz for the opportunity to work at Iowa; it was an honor to work with so many great players, fans and staff," Reid said in a press conference Wednesday. "I have great confidence in Steve Addazio's leadership and the direction his program is headed. Boston College is a very special place; I know this because I worked there in 1994 around some dedicated, wonderful people in a very close-knit Jesuit community. BC develops great young people and is just a tremendous institution.”

Reid, who played in college at rival Maine, has been a head coach at the collegiate level three times, serving as the head coach at Virginia Military Institute, Richmond and UMass. During his tenure in Amherst from 1986-1996, Reid led the Minutemen to three Yankee Conference titles and was named the Yankee Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1990.

“Jim Reid has played a key role in our success in his three years on our staff, and we wish him continued success at Boston College,” Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Jim is a tireless worker who builds strong relationships with his players and his fellow coaches.  He has been a very valuable member of our staff and his contributions to the program go beyond the playing field.”

Reid has worked with current Eagles staff before. He coached current defensive line coach Ben Albert at UMass and Albert assisted his mentor at Richmond from 1997-2000 along with tight ends coach Frank Leonard. 

Reid also brings professional experience to BC as he coached the outside linebackers for the Miami Dolphins in 2008 and 2009. In Reid's first season, Miami won the AFC East Division Championship for the first time in eight seasons.

Reid's Previos Coaching Experience:
1973-74 Massachusetts Graduate Assistant
1975 Massachusetts Outside Linebackers
1976-77 Massachusetts Defensive Backs
1978-85 Massachusetts Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
1986-91 Massachusetts Head Coach
1992-93 Richmond Defensive Coordinator
1994 Boston College Defensive Coordinator
1995-2003 Richmond Head Coach
2004 Syracuse Defensive Line
2005 Bucknell Defensive Line
2006-07 VMI Head Coach
2008-09 Miami Dolphins Outside Linebackers
2010-12 Virginia Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
2013-15 Iowa Linebackers
2016 Boston College Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Information/graph courtesy of BC Athletics

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