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James T. Reid (born December 1, 1950) is an American football coach and former player. He served as head football coach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) from 1986 to 1991, University of Richmond (UR) from 1995 through 2003, and Virginia Military Institute (VMI) from 2006 until 2007, compiling an overall college football record of 87–101–3. Currently Reid is the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Boston College.

Jim Reid
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator, linebackers coach
TeamBoston College
Biographical details
Born (1950-12-01) December 1, 1950 (age 68)
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1974UMass (GA)
1975UMass (OLB)
1976–1977UMass (DB)
1978–1985UMass (DC/LB)
1992–1993Richmond (DC)
1994Boston College (DC)
2004Syracuse (DL)
2005Bucknell (DL)
2008–2009Miami Dolphins (OLB)
2010–2012Virginia (AHC/DC)
2013–2015Iowa (LB)
2016–presentBoston College (DC/LB)
Head coaching record
Tournaments1–4 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
3 Yankee (1986, 1988, 1990)
2 A-10 (1998, 2000)
3× Yankee Coach of Year (1988, 1990, 1995)
2× A-10 Coach of Year (1998, 2000)

Playing careerEdit

Reid played football at the University of Maine before graduating in 1973.

Coaching careerEdit


Beginning in 1973, Reid spent 19 years coaching at University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), where he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant, eleven seasons as an assistant coach, and six seasons as the head coach.[1]


Reid then became defensive coordinator at Richmond for 1992 and 1993 seasons.[1] He was defensive coordinator at Boston College for the 1994 season before returning to Richmond as head coach in 1995.[1] As the Spiders' head coach for nine seasons, from 1995 until 2003, he recorded a record of 48–53–1. This ranks him third at Richmond in total wins and 14th at Richmond in winning percentage.[2]

Syracuse and BucknellEdit

Reid spent the 2004 season as the defensive line coach at Syracuse,[3] and spent the 2005 season as defensive line coach at Bucknell.[4]


Reid was the 30th head football coach at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia. He held that position from the 2006 season until the end of the 2007 season. His career coaching record at VMI was 3 wins, 19 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 25th at VMI in total wins and 28th at VMI in winning percentage.[5]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Reid was hired by the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) on January 23, 2008 as their outside linebackers coach. Reid was awarded the "game football" by coach Tony Sparano after the Dolphins 17–10 win over the San Diego Chargers on October 5, 2008.


On January 7, 2010, Reid was officially announced as the new defensive coordinator and associate head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers.[6]


On February 14, 2013, Reid was officially hired as a defensive assistant for the Iowa Hawkeyes.[7]

Boston CollegeEdit

On January 6, 2016, Reid was chosen by coach Steve Addazio as defensive coordinator for Boston College. Reid was also the former defensive coordinator for the 7-4-1 Eagles in 1994 (who defeated Kansas State in the Aloha Bowl).


Personal lifeEdit

Reid earned his bachelor's degree in history and social studies from the University of Maine in 1973. He graduated Medford (MA) High School in 1968. His son, Matt Reid, is head baseball coach at Army.[9]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs NCAA#
UMass Minutemen (Yankee Conference) (1986–1991)
1986 UMass 8–3 5–2 T–1st
1987 UMass 3–8 2–5 T–5th
1988 UMass 8–4 6–2 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 11
1989 UMass 5–5–1 3–5 7th
1990 UMass 8–2–1 7–1 1st L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 9
1991 UMass 7–3 3–5 T–4th
UMass: 36–29–2 26–20
Richmond Spiders (Yankee Conference) (1995–1996)
1995 Richmond 7–3–1 5–3 T–3rd (Mid-Atlantic)
1996 Richmond 2–9 1–7 6th (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond Spiders (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1997–2003)
1997 Richmond 6–5 4–4 T–4th (Mid-Atlantic)
1998 Richmond 9–3 7–1 1st (Mid-Atlantic) L NCAA Division I-AA First Round 10
1999 Richmond 5–6 3–5 T–6th
2000 Richmond 10–3 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
2001 Richmond 3–8 3–6 T–8th
2002 Richmond 4–7 4–5 T–6th
2003 Richmond 2–9 1–8 11th
Richmond: 48–53–1 35–40
VMI Keydets (Big South Conference) (2006–2007)
2006 VMI 1–10 0–4 5th
2007 VMI 2–9 0–4 5th
VMI: 3–19 0–8
Total: 87–101–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ a b c Richmond Football: Jim Reid
  2. ^ Richmond Coaching Records Archived July 28, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ SU Athletics - Jim Reid
  4. ^ Jared Backus Named Defensive Coordinator at Bucknell
  5. ^ Virginia Military Institute Coaching Records Archived December 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ London Names Reid Defensive Coordinator and Associate Head Coach
  7. ^ Iowa Adds Kennedy and Reid to Football Coaching Staff
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Ex-UR infielder Matt Reid named coach at Army". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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