Hawkeye football assistant leaves for another job

Chad Leistikow
Iowa linebackers coach Jim Reid oversaw a starting unit of Ben Niemann, Josey Jewell and Cole Fisher that showed vast improvement over the 2014 season.

IOWA CITY, Ia. — Jim Reid is leaving his post as Iowa’s linebackers coach to become the defensive coordinator at Boston College, reported late Tuesday night.

Reid, 65, is originally from Massachusetts, so this is a move closer to his roots, an increase in title and probably a raise. reported that Boston College would officially announce the move Wednesday.

This isn’t a new role for Reid. He spent one season as Boston College’s defensive coordinator (1994) before becoming Richmond’s head coach for nine seasons. Despite a 3-9 record last season, Boston College led the nation in total defense at 254.3 yards allowed per game. As a result, Michigan hired away Eagles defensive coordinator Don Brown, leaving that position vacant at the Catholic university.

Reid was making $335,000 a year in his third year as Iowa’s linebackers coach under Kirk Ferentz and would have been in line for a raise of at least $40,000 annually based on Iowa’s finish in the national rankings. Players were drawn to Reid’s tough-love coaching style, and he’ll be a big loss off a staff that has been mostly stable for the last three seasons. Reid just completed his first season as Iowa’s lone linebackers coach, after previously sharing that role with LeVar Woods (who was moved to tight ends coach last February).

But after Iowa went 12-0 in the regular season and wound up in the Rose Bowl, Ferentz wasn’t going to be surprised if other programs came knocking on his assistants’ doors.

“That's part of the life we live,” Ferentz said Dec. 6 after Iowa received a Rose Bowl bid. “So, if somebody decides there's something better out there for them, I've always operated under the philosophy that I don't want to try to make judgments for other people, what's best for their lives. So if something would come along that's exciting for them or attractive, I'll support them on that.

“The good thing about coaching here is I think we can always get great people to come here and work.”