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John Reagan enters his fourth season at Rice and his third as the Offensive Coordinator and will coach the running backs for his second season.
In 2012, the Owls produced the second-most productive offensive season in school history, piling up 5,556 yards, 414 points and 306 first downs on their way to winning the last five games and capturing the Armed Forces Bowl Championship. The Owls also set a school record and led the nation by averaging 33:59 in time of possession. They return their top two quarterbacks, their top eight rushers, three of the top five receivers in addition to having one of the top kickers in the country.
Reagan joined the staff on February 2, 2010, serving as run game coordinator and coaching the tight ends and assisting with the O-Line. He was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2010.
Prior to joining the Owls, Reagan spent five seasons at Kansas as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Under his direction, KU posted a better rushing average in each of the first four seasons, including running for 188.8 yards per game in 2007.
In 2008 Reagan molded an offensive line which featured two redshirt freshmen starters at the tackle spots who went on to earn freshman All-America honors (Jeremiah Hatch and Jeff Spikes), while two interior linemen, center Ryan Cantrell and guard Adrian Mayes, were both named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
Under Reagan's direction, offensive tackle Anthony Collins developed into a 2007 All-America selection and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, given annually to the best interior lineman in college football. Collins went on to be selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. That season, the Jayhawks were fifth in the Big 12 Conference in rushing offense and 31st in the nation with 188.8 yards per game, which included 4.8 yards per carry. KU scored 30 rushing touchdowns on the year.
The 2006 season was also an extremely successful campaign, due in part to the exploits Reagan's unit accomplished. The rushing offense finished fourth in the Big 12 behind the talented Jon Cornish, who set a new Kansas single-season rushing record with 1,427 yards following the KU line. Reagan saw center and senior captain David Ochoa earn All-Big 12 Second Team honors, as the rushing unit averaged 176.4 yards per game and nearly five yards per carry.
In 2005, Reagan helped execute KU's rushing offense which ended the season averaging 134 yards per game and nearly four yards per carry. The year before his arrival, the Jayhawks averaged just 94.0 yards per game and less than three yards per carry. Reagan had two offensive linemen -- David Ochoa and Bob Whitaker -- earn All-Big 12 honors during his first year at KU. In addition, Matt Thompson was named Academic All-District Second Team.
Reagan, who spent the 2003-04 seasons as the offensive line coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy, also assisted with several special teams units at AFA, including the extra point and field goal teams. During Reagan's first year in Colorado Springs, the offensive line featured Falcon players Brett Huyser, Jesse Underbakke and Blane Neufeld, who each earned All-Mountain West Conference honors.
In 2004, Reagan took over a young, inexperienced group of linemen and molded them into one of the top offensive lines in the MWC -- two athletes, John Wilson and Ross Weaver, earned All-MWC honors.
Reagan was the offensive line coach for one season at Temple before taking his position at Air Force. He directed the defensive line at Temple for two years before his switch to the opposite side of the ball. In 2001, Reagan directed Temple's defensive front four to a productive campaign that saw the school ranked 19th nationally in total defense. In addition, defensive tackle Dan Klecko became Temple's first unanimous All-Big East honoree, while defensive end Raheem Brock was taken in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reagan joined the Temple coaching staff in February 2000 after instructing the Akron defensive line in 1999. Before coaching at Akron, Reagan was the tight ends coach and offensive tackle coach at Army in 1998. In 1997, he held the same position as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania. Reagan spent the 1996 season as an offensive graduate assistant at Oklahoma State.
He began his coaching career in 1994 as the assistant offensive line and fullback coach at Albany, where he remained until joining the Cowboys in 1996.
Anative of Delmar, N.Y., Reagan was standout center at Bethlehem High School and was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame in upstate New York in 2012.
He was a three-year starter at Syracuse, graduating in 1994 with a dual major in exercise science and sport psychology. As a senior captain in 1993, Reagan earned the Ben Schwartzwalder Most Exemplary Football Player Award after leading his team to a 26-22 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. While with the Orangemen, he also competed in the 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl when Syracuse defeated Ohio State 24-17. Reagan was twice named to the GTE Academic All-America team (1992-93) and was presented with the Toyota Leadership Award following his senior season.
Reagan has a daughter, Kaitlyn and a son, Daniel.
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