Feb. 2, 2010
Rice head football coach David Bailiff announced on Tuesday that John Reagan has joined his staff as the Owls new run game coordinator. Reagan will also coach the Owls offensive tackles and tight ends.
Reagan spent the last five seasons as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at the University of Kansas. 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.
"I am excited to have John join our staff," Bailiff said. "The kind of offensive production and consistency they enjoyed at Kansas over the past five years speaks to the talents of coaches like John and David Beaty. We feel like John is a great fit for Rice," he added.
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.
Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Reagan coached for two seasons as the offensive line coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
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.
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.
Reagan, a native of Delmar, N.Y., graduated from Syracuse in 1994 with a dual major in exercise science and sport psychology. He was a three-year starter at center for the Orangemen. 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.