In 2011, his second year as the defensive coordinator at Virginia, Jim Reid did a remarkable job improving the Cavalier defense.
Led by first-team All-ACC selections Chase Minnifield (CB) and Matt Conrath (DT), the Cavaliers finished the season ranked No. 3 in the ACC in total defense, which was 40th among all FBS programs. In 2010, when Reid first took over the UVa defense and converted it from a 3-4 to a 4-3, Virginia was No. 10 in the ACC and No. 78 in the NCAA in total defense.
Reid returned to the Commonwealth to join head coach Mike London's staff for the 2010 campaign after a two-year stint in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.
London served as the recruiting coordinator and outside linebackers coach at Richmond during Reid's first two seasons as the Spiders' head coach (1995-96).
Reid joined London's staff after spending the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the outside linebackers coach for the Miami Dolphins. In Reid's first season overseeing the Dolphins' outside linebackers, Joey Porter produced a career-high 17.5 sacks, a figure that ranked second in the NFL during the 2008 season, as Miami hoisted the AFC East Division Championship banner for the first time in eight seasons. It also was the most-ever sacks by a Dolphins linebacker and third-most overall. For his performance, Porter was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the first Dolphins outside linebacker to earn this accolade since Bryan Cox in 1992.
Of Reid's 38 seasons as a coach, almost half were spent as a head coach, most recently at VMI, where he guided that program in the two years preceding his appointment with the Dolphins. He also served as head coach at Massachusetts from 1986-91 and Richmond from 1995-2003. Reid returns to the Commonwealth where he spent 14 of his 37 career seasons.
In Reid's six years as the head coach at UMass, the school produced a composite record of 36-29-1 as he guided the Minutemen to three Yankee Conference titles. In 1988 and 1990, he was named the Yankee Conference Coach of the Year.
His nine-year run at Richmond included a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference championships and five finishes in the Top 20 in the FCS ranks. He also was selected as the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year on two occasions (1998, 2000) and the Yankee Conference Co-Coach of the Year once (1995). Reid left Richmond as the program's third-winningest coach with 48 victories, including leading the Spiders in 2000 to their first 10-win season in program history.
Prior to taking over the head spot at UMass, Reid spent the previous 13 seasons at the school as an assistant, including the first two as a graduate assistant. Six of those 13 seasons resulted in a Yankee Conference title. Following his tenure at UMass, he spent the next three seasons as a defensive coordinator, the first two at Richmond (1992-93) and the final one at Boston College (1994), helping the Eagles to the Aloha Bowl Championship. After his stint as head coach with the Spiders, Reid spent the 2004 season as an assistant at Syracuse when the Orange were Big East Co-Champions, appearing in the Tangerine Bowl, and 2005 as an assistant at Bucknell.
Reid, a native of Medford, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in education from Maine in 1973 where he was a three-year starter as a safety on the school's football team (1970-72). He earned a master of science in sport management from Massachusetts in 1975. He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Meghan and Molly, and a son, Matt.