A veteran coach of all levels of football, from high school to the NFL, Will Reed has just finished his eigth season in Athens as the Cardinals Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and is widely recognized as one of the top defensive minds in all of junior college football. Reed and his defense were instrumental in the last four year's run to the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 SWJCFC Conference Championships, 2016, 2014 and 2013 SWJCFC Regional Championships and the 2016, 2014 and 2013 C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl Championships. Leading a defense that led the conference in scoring defense and total defense 3 of the previous 4 seasons. Reed's defense has also hosted the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year 4 times: 2016 LB Daquan Patton, 2014 LB Cortney Finney, 2013 DL Jhaustin Thomas and 2011 LB Jermain Longino. In addition, LB Cortney Finney was also named the NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
In 2016, the Cardinal's signal caller not only coached the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American selection in LB Daquan Patton (Kansas State), but also the defense posted two other 1st Team All-SWJCFC selections in DE Alex Funches (Univ of California) and DT Tyrell Thompson. Under his watch, DB Devante Thomas broke the all-time NJCAA record for Interception Return Yardage (44.0 yards per return). The defense also led the conference in Points Per Game, Defensive TD's, INT Return Yards and INT Return Avg.
In 2014, the Cards dominated the SWJCFC in leading the league in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, sacks, interceptions and defensive touchdowns in both years as well. The 2014 defense was recognized as having the nations top defensive performer in LB Cortney Finney(North Texas). Finney was named the 2014 NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the NJCAA All-American 1st Team. The 2014 defense also included 1st Team All-SWJCFC 1st Team performers DB Jomal Wiltz (Iowa State) and DE Manasseh Miles (Lamar), and 2nd Team performers DE Devonte Fields (Louisiville) and Devonte McMillian (Southeast Louisiana). The 2014 Cardinal Defense also included Division 1 signees CB Brandon Stewart (Kansas), OLB Dakota Smith (North Texas) and FS L.B. Bates (Kansas).
The 2013 defense was also recognized with the SWJCFC Defensive Player Of The Year, DL Jhaustin Thomas (Iowa State), and both runner-ups to the award LB Josh Pickett and DB D'nerrius Antoine (Southern Miss). All three afore mentioned Cardinals were named NJCAA 1st Team All-Americans and 1st Team All-SWJCFC as well. The 2013 defense also included DE/OLB Chris Weatherd (Tennessee) and CB Darrius White (Georgia Southern).
In 2012, Coach Reed's defense took home the SWJCFC triple crown, leading the conference in all three major statistical categories (total defense, rushing defense and passing defense). It also boasted theSWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year Runner-Up and 1st Team All-American selection Quincy Russell (DL - Oklahoma). As well as 1st Team All-SWJCFC selection Kewan Alfred (DL - Memphis) and 2nd Team All-SWJCFC selection Efrem Clark (DL - UNLV). In 2011, the Cardinals defense also had a stellar year. Besides being an integral part in reaching the Citizens Bank Bowl, it also finished the season leading the conference in total defense and passing defense and having the SWJCFC's top performer Jermaine Longino (LB - Lamar) being named the SWJCFC Defensive Player Of The Year. The squad also had and 3 All-SWJCFC defensive backs finishing in the top 10 nationally in pass break ups (Martez Shabazz - Minnesota, Keivon Gamble - TCU and Cliff Stokes - Iowa State).
No stranger to Trinity Valley or Brad Smiley, Reed was also here for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. During his previous tenure at Trinity Valley he coached both the defensive line (1998), and defensive backs (1999) during the program’s run to the 1999 Southwestern Junior College Football Conference and 1999 Red River Bowl championships. During his seven seasons in Athens, Reed tutored numerous All-Conference selections and 3 1st Team NJCAA All-Americans.
From 2004 to 2006, Reed coached at Texas College in Tyler, Texas where he had been the team’s defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, as well as an associate athletic director for the school. Prior to Texas College, Coach Reed spent two seasons as head football and track coach at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
Reed has spent several years coaching professional football, leaving TVCC in 2000 to join the Milwaukee Mustangs in the Arena Football League. There he enjoyed success as the team’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, as well as coaching the team’s defensive backs. Reed had also spent time with AFL teams the New York City Hawks and the Texas Terror. Coach Reed has also coached in the NFL, spending the 2004 and 2005 summers interning with the Minnesota Vikings; and in 2010 with the Dallas Cowboys.
Reed has also played at the Division I and junior college levels. He began his playing career at the College of the Siskiyous, where he obtained an Associate’s degree. Then, continued his career as a safety for New Mexico State University, where he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.
Coach Reed has one son, Cameron, and is married to his wife Yolanda.