O'Brien Completes Staff With Two "D" Coaches

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State coach Tom O'Brien rounded out his coaching staff today, tabbing Andy McCollum as linebackers coach and Mike Reed as defensive backs coach. The addition of this duo gives the Wolfpack an experienced, energetic, highly regarded staff of sound teachers and solid recruiters.

O'Brien lauded the accomplishments of both McCollum (pictured) and Reed. and hailed the new coaches as vital cogs in State's preparation for spring practice.

"Both of these coaches bring unique experiences to our staff," said O'Brien. "Andy McCollum is the second assistant to join us here that has Division I head coaching experience, while Mike Reed is a bright young coach who has been in the NFL for five years."

McCollum was the head coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1999-2005, successfully engineering the transition from I-AA to I-A while garnering a reputation as a rabid recruiter. The 23-year coaching veteran also coached at Baylor and UTEP before spending time as an advance scout for the NFL's Tennessee Titans last year.

Reed has worked with the defensive and special teams units for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for the past five seasons. Prior to that, he assisted at Richmond and in the European leagues.

With his entire staff now in place, O'Brien is anxious to lift the Pack to new heights both on and off the field.

"I'm glad to have our complete staff in place," said O'Brien, "and am confident that each coach has the same goal that I do for NC State football: to produce champions in the classroom, in the community and on the football field."

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Andy McCollum (Austin Peay ‘81)
Linebackers
23 years in coaching

Andy McCollum, the second former Division IA head coach to join Tom O'Brien's staff at NC State, will coach the Wolfpack linebackers. The head coach at Middle Tennessee State University for seven seasons, McCollum is a 23-year veteran of the coaching ranks.

Prior to spending last season as a scout for the Tennesee Titans, McCollum guided the MTSU program from 1999-2005 as it made the transition from a struggling I-AA squad to a successful Division 1-A program that competed against BCS opponents 22 times during his tenure. In 2000, he led the Blue Raiders to their first winning season as a I-A program. His 2001 offense ranked fifth nationally, while the defense ranked ninth in 2005. In 2002, 2004 and 2005 he brought in the top recruiting classes in the Sun Belt Conference and he was a two-time Tennessee Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year (2000 and 2001).

Prior to being named the head coach at MTSU, McCollum spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor University. He started out as the linebacker and special teams coach in 1994, was named the associate head coach in 1994 and took over the defensive coordinator duties in 1995.

The 47-year-old spent five seasons at UTEP from 1989-93, coaching wide receivers and then linebackers. He was an assistant coach at MTSU from 1984-88, coaching the defensive secondary for three years, the running backs for two years and the special teams for all five years.

McCollum was a four-year starter at Austin Peay State University, playing offensive guard on the team that won the 1977 OVC Championship and then spending the next three years at tight end. He led the team in receptions in 1979 and was an honorable mention all-conference performer as a senior.

He graduated from Austin Peay in 1981 and earned his master's from MTSU in 1983.

The Marietta, Ga., native is married to the former Gwen Wilkinson of Ashland City, Tenn. The couple has two children: Drew (12) and Andrea (11).

THE McCOLLUM FILE

Date of Birth: 3/1/59

Coaching Experience
2006 Tennessee Titans (advance scout)
1999-2005 Middle Tennessee State (head coach)
1994-98 Baylor (linebackers/special teams - 1994-98; associate head coach - 1994-96; defensive coordinator - 1995-96
1989-93 UTEP (linebackers/wide receivers)
1984-88 Middle Tennessee State (defensive secondary/special teams/running backs)

Bowl Games as a Coach (1)
1994 Alamo Bowl (Baylor)

Coaching Accomplishments
* Led MTSU in transition from I-AA to I-A, competing 22 times against BCS competition.
* Coached MTSU to first I-A winning season (2000)
* Posted top recruiting classes in Sun Belt Conference in 2002, 2004, 2005
* Two-time Tennessee Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year (2000 and 2001)
* Coached on the Baylor defense that ranked fifth nationally in 1995 in total defense.
* Baylor ranked fifth nationally in net punting in 1996, eighth in 1995.
* Named one of the top recruiters in America by Max Emfinger while at Baylor.
* 1988 MTSU led nation in pass defense.

Playing Career
1977-80 Austin Peay State (offensive guard/tight end) four-year starter

Playing Accomplishments
* Four-year starter at offensive guard and tight end
* Honorable Mention All-OVC as a senior
* Led 1979 team in receptions

Education
1981 Bachelor of Science Austin Peay State
1973 Master's of Science Middle Tennessee State

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Mike Reed (Boston College ‘94)
Defensive Backs
Seven years in coaching

Mike Reed comes to NC State to coach the defensive secondary after spending the last five seasons in the NFL. For the last four campaigns, Reed served as a defensive assistant and quality control coach for the Philadelpia Eagles and in 2002 worked with that team's defensive backs and special teams.

During his tenure in Philadelphia, Reed assisted the defensive coordinator in creating and editing the defensive playbook and weekly game plans, scouted opponents, and worked with the linebackers and special teams coaches. In 2002, he worked with the defensive secondary.

Prior to his stint with the Eagles, Reed spent two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond, where he worked with the wide receivers, tight ends and defensive backs.

Reed began his coaching career on the professional level, spending six months in 2000 coaching for the Kiel Hurricanes of the German Professional Football League. He not only coached the defensive backs for that club, but also headed up the team's off-season speed and conditioning program.

A four-year starter at cornerback for Boston College from 1990-93, Reed was a first-team All-ECAC and second-team All-Big East performer in 1993. He was a team captain as a senior in 1994 and earned preseason All-America honors twice during his career. After graduating from BC in 1994 with a degree in communications/general education, Reed was taken in the seventh round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, where he spent two seasons.

Following his time with the Panthers, Reed competed with NFL Europe as a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy, where he was team captain of the 1999 World Bowl Championship team.

The 34-year-old is engaged to Kimberly Byrd.

THE REED FILE

Date of Birth: 8/16/72

Coaching Experience
2003-2006 Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive Assistant/Quality Control Coach)
2002 Philadelphia Eagles (Defensive Backs/Special Teams)
2000-2001 University of Richmond (Wide receivers/tight ends/defensive backs)
2000 Kiel Hurricanes - German Professional League (defensive backs)

Playing Career
Professional
1998-99 Frankfurt Galaxy
1995-97 Carolina Panthers
College
1990-93 Boston College (cornerback)

Playing Accomplishments
* Four-year starter at cornerback
* First-team All-ECAC Defensive, All-Big East Defensive back
* Two-time preseason All-American
* 1994 team captain, team ranked ninth nationally in total defense in 1994.

Education
1994 B.S. - Communication Boston College

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Information courtesy NC State Media Relations and GoPack.com.


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