Reeder moving up college coaching ranks

Bodie Reeder knew he wanted to be a football coach since he was a small boy.

Reeder, who passed for school-record totals of 6,582 yards and 67 touchdowns during his four-year Mahomet-Seymour career, considered coaching high school.

But the 2005 M-S graduate thought a better fit for his personality would be to move around and see the country, so instead, he focused on a career at the collegiate level.

The decision is paying off.

Reeder recently assumed the role of offensive coordinator, as well as the quarterbacks coach, for Eastern Washington University.

He had been the school's interim offensive coordinator since June 7.

The new position comes with more responsibilities, but Reeder is excited to take on the challenge.

"I will obviously be calling the plays, but there is so much more to it," Reeder said. "Recruiting organization, roster management, practice organization, and staffing are all now on my plate. It's something I have been groomed for at OSU, and I am ready."

He joined the Eagles on Feb. 1, 2017, after a three-year stint at Oklahoma State University.

"The transition has been wonderful," said Reeder. "My wife and I really enjoy the Spokane area.

"The people are great, and the staff is fun. We could not be happier in our current situation."

The feeling is mutual.

"We're excited to have him on campus," said EWU head coach Aaron Best. "They ran an exciting brand of football at Oklahoma State.

"I had a chance to do some professional development down there last year and bumped elbows with Bodie. My coaching buddy Jason McEndoo (an assistant at OSU) had nothing but great things to say about Bodie.

"We're excited to get him in front of our quarterbacks and see what we can add to what we are already doing."

Reeder has a track record of making teams better, as a coach and a player.

Reeder spent the 2014-16 seasons working with quarterbacks at OSU and working in offensive quality control.

Oklahoma State played in bowl games all three of Reeder's seasons there, including victories in the 2016 Alamo Bowl (defeating Colorado 38-8) and the 2014 Cactus Bowl (defeating Washington 30-22).

The Cowboys also played in the Sugar Bowl following the 2015 season (a 48-20 loss to Mississippi).

The 2016 OSU team was 10-3 and second in the Big 12 with a 7-2 record. The Cowboys were ninth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense (323.9 per game) and 17th in scoring (38.6 per game).

Reeder helped coach OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph, who was ranked seventh nationally in passing as a junior in 2016 with an average of 314.7 yards per game. Rudolph completed 63 percent of his passes for a total of 4,091 yards, 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

Reeder began his college playing career in 2005 as a redshirt at Wyoming before transferring to Eastern Illinois, where he finished with 3,741 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes, and 356 career completions in 30 games.

The Panthers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 2007 and 2009.

In 2010, EIU defensive coordinator Roc Bellantoni gave Reeder his first job as the graduate assistant for the defense.

With this experience, Reeder earned a position as quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Stout in 2011 and was offensive coordinator his last three years there.

Among the players he coached was all-conference quarterback Hank Kujak.

Reeder also taught kinesiology at the college.

In his M-S career, he completed 65 percent of his passes. As a freshman starter, Reeder and M-S finished 4-5.

But the table was set for three straight playoff appearance as the Bulldogs compiled records of 6-4, 7-3 and 11-1 in his final three seasons.

"My high school career was crucial to my development as a player and coach," Reeder said. "I was blessed to have tremendous leadership in coach Tom Shallenberger, as well as the rest of the staff.

"I had a great time playing football. If my experience had not been positive, I might not have gone into the profession."

He earned 10 varsity letters in high school: four in football, four in baseball and two in basketball.

His advice for a student who is ending an athletic career but wants to coach is to be willing to grind and live anywhere at the drop of a hat.

"Coaching, like most professions, is about who you know and timing," Reeder said. "I am only 30 years old, and this is already my fourth school and fourth different state to coach in ... if you are in it to get rich, this is probably the wrong profession.

"Only a small percentage of collegiate coaches are making the kind of money we read about in the paper."

The first step, Reeder suggests, is to acquire a position as a graduate assistant.

From there, work your way up through the ranks.

"It is a life that I wouldn't trade for anything, but it is not for everyone," he said. "The biggest asset you can have on your side is a wife that is 'bought in' to the process, and the lifestyle of coaching.

"I am blessed to have that with Ashley. She is a tough cookie, and a sounding board for me when I have had a rough day."

Reeder ultimately would like to be a collegiate head football coach, but to do that, he must "dive head first into this job, and let the chips fall where they may."

Without success as the offensive coordinator at EWU, the option to be a head coach may not materialize.

The Eagles are members of the Big Sky Conference and play at Roos Field, which is known for being the only stadium in college football with a red playing surface.

Bodie Reeder's brother, Dule Reeder, played football at Vanderbilt.

Bodie Reeder is the son of Dalene Reeder and Jerry Reeder, who is a longtime high school and college coach.

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