Reid resigns after nine seasons at Richmond

Updated: February 14, 2004, 11:34 PM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond coach Jim Reid resigned to become the defensive line coach at Syracuse, three months after the Spiders completed their third straight losing season.

The 53-year-old Reid, who coached at Richmond nine seasons, met with his assistants and players Friday night to inform them of his decision, which the school announced Saturday.

"I think it's the right time," Reid said at a news conference. "A little bit of new energy, a little bit of new leadership. It's the right time."

The popular coach thanked faculty and players in a statement.

"I love them for their dedication," he said.

Reid led the Spiders to Atlantic 10 Conference titles in 1998 and 2000 and had four winning seasons. He went 48-53-1 at Richmond, including 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Atlantic 10 last season.

"He is a team guy and the kids are tremendously important to him," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said in a statement. "From a recruiting standpoint it is a natural fit because of his experience in the Northeast, particularly in New England and eastern Pennsylvania. He is very highly regarded and well-respected coach."

Prior to becoming head coach at Richmond, Reid was the defensive coordinator at Boston College in 1994. He served in the same position for the Spiders from 1992-93.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Massachusetts in 1973, and was later head coach there.

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