NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State head football coach James Reese has announced the addition of two defensive assistant coaches, and the move of tight ends coach Bill Khayat to defensive line coach for the 2003 season.
Former TSU standout linebacker Rod Reed returns to his alma mater as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Tony Turner comes to the program as secondary coach from Ohio Valley Conference member Eastern Illinois, while Khayat will enter his fourth season of association with the TSU program.
?The addition of these coaches are a good fit for our program at this time,? said Reese. ?We are looking forward to getting them started and in our program.?
Reed was a four-year player for the Tigers from 1984-88 and capped off his career by being named Sheridan All-American his senior season. He set the Tiger record for career tackles as a linebacker.
Following completion of his Bachelor's Degree, Reed entered the coaching profession. He has held positions at Prairie View, Bethune Cookman, and Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. He comes to TSU from East Texas Baptist College in his hometown of Marshall, Texas. He was the defensive coordinator for the school that launched its football program for the 2000 season.
Turner spent two seasons at Eastern Illinois. A former defensive back at Murray State, Turner was a member of the school's OVC title teams in 1995 and 1996. He was the team's ?Rookie of the Year? in 1993 and was a running back before being switched to defense.
In 2000, Turner was the linebacker coach at Fayetteville (N.C.) State. He previously was on the staff at Central Arkansas in 1999 and was a student coach at Murray State in 1998. He worked as an intern at the St. Louis Rams mini-camp in 1997.
Khayat makes the move to defense after coaching tight ends for three seasons. He was twice an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team tight end at Duke. After graduating from Duke, Khayat spent time on the practice squads with Kansas City and Carolina and played for Barcelona of NFL Europe before entering the coaching profession. His father, Eddie, spent 25 years as a coach, including being the first head coach of the Nashville Kats of the Arena League.
The Tigers are currently going through their off-season program. TSU will begin spring practice in March with the Blue-White game set for April 12.