Croom Promotes Reed Stringer on Football Staff

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University head football coach Sylvester Croom announced Monday the promotion of Reed Stringer on his coaching staff. Stringer's announcement requires the approval of the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

Stringer, 26, who served the past two seasons as the school's graduate assistant on offense working primarily with the offensive line, will coach the tight ends on Croom's 2005 staff. He assumes the vacancy created when running backs coach Stan Drayton accepted an assistant coaching position at Florida.

Freddie Kitchens, who was hired to Croom's original staff as tight ends coach in 2004, will coach the Bulldog running backs beginning this spring.

Prior to joining the MSU staff, Stringer served one year as a graduate assistant working with the tight ends at his alma mater, Delta State. A four-year letterman on the Statesmen's offensive line, he helped DSU claim the 2000 NCAA Division II national championship.

Stringer concluded his career with a string of 35 consecutive starting assignments at offensive left tackle. In addition to that '00 national title, he was also instrumental in helping Delta State win the 1998 and 2000 Gulf South Conference championships. He graduated from the Cleveland, Miss., based institution in 2001 with a degree in business management. Stringer also completed his master's degree work in business administration from DSU in 2003, and will earn a second master's degree in science and technology from Mississippi State University this spring.

A native of Canton, Miss., Stringer was a two-time academic all-Gulf South Conference player. He was also named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll three times.

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