Ed Reed Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Former Miami Hurricanes defensive back Ed Reed on the field before a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Reed is best known for his time with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens where he won a Super Bowl and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. However, he’s also the latest former player to parlay his on-field success into a role on the sidelines. And now he’s going to be a head coach for a notable historically black school (HBCU).

Action Network’s Brett McMurphy broke the news that Reed is going to be the new head football coach at Bethune-Cookman.

The school made an official announcement soon after, saying “Bethune-Cookman University Athletics has entered an agreement in principle with Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed to be its 16th head football coach.”

Reed isn’t new to the coaching game. In 2016, he was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. In 2020, he was hired by Miami as the football team’s chief of staff, an advisory role under head coach Manny Diaz, a role he remained in under Mario Cristobal.

It’s a pretty fascinating time for former players getting a chance to prove themselves as head coaches, from Deion Sanders to Jeff Saturday to Trent Dilfer. And there are plenty of strong reactions to the news that Reed is getting a prime gig.

“Cannot wait for head coach Ed Reed,” said Brian Floyd.

“I’m here for this,” said 247’s Andrew Ivins.

“He’s been on the interview circuit for a few years now, glad to see him get an opportunity,” said Football Gameplan’s Emory Hunt. “Coach Sims left a pretty good foundation to built upon.”

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.