Tennessee State has rewarded football coach Rod Reed with a two-year contract extension.
Reed, who just finished his third season at the helm, guided the Tigers to their highest win total in 11 years this season. His deal was extended through the 2016 season.
“We feel like we have the program going in a great direction,” athletics director Teresa Phillips said last week. “And we want to continue the improvements that TSU football has shown in recent years. With the way that the team has performed under Coach Reed and with the team that’s returning next year, we felt like a contract extension was deserved.”
The Tigers went 8-3 this fall, their best record since 2001. They won their first seven games and was ranked as high as 17th in the nation before they finished 4-3 and in fifth place in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Eleven players earned all-conference honors, including six on the first team. Tight end A.C. Leonard, cornerback Steven Godbolt III and offensive lineman Roger Gaines earned All-American honors.
The 46-year-old Reed has coached at his alma mater since 2003 and became head coach before the 2010 season.
The Tigers have enjoyed steady improvement each season since. After a 3-8 record and a winless conference mark in 2010, they won five games the next year. This season they just missed out on making the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the first time since 1999.
“I am happy to be able to stay at TSU,” Reed said. “It’s always good to know that you are appreciated for the work and time that you put into your job. This is the place that I want to be. This is my home. I was raised here. After what we accomplished during the 2012 season, I’m excited for the future of TSU football."