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While overseeing one of the most broad-based intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation with 29 varsity programs and more than 700 student-athletes, Reed continues to earn respect within his profession and among his peers. He is in line to serve as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) during the 2018-19 academic year and is currently the 2nd vice president of the Association. Reed also serves as chair of the John McLendon Foundation Board and is chair of the BIG EAST Men's Basketball Issues Working Group. He also serves as a mentor in the NCAA Pathways program, is on the advisory board for the LGBTQ Center at Georgetown, and is a frequent guest speaker at the NCAA, NACDA and other national programs.
Under his leadership, the Hoyas have remained prominent on the national landscape while maintaining their commitment to the values that define the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the country. In the classroom, Hoya student-athletes continue to excel, posting cumulative GPAs consistently over 3.2, the highest mark since that figure has been tracked. In addition, 13 teams were recognized by the NCAA for high Academic Progress Rate scores, 94 percent of student-athletes graduated and nearly 300 student-athletes were selected to the BIG EAST Academic Honor Roll, the most in the BIG EAST Conference.
Reed was instrumental in the smooth transition to the new BIG EAST conference in 2013, which welcomed three new institutions. In 2015, he negotiated a lucrative 10-year multi-media rights deal with FOX Sports on behalf of Georgetown Athletics, joining an exclusive list of institutions to partner with FOX Sports in this national trend. Additionally, this fall, the Thompson Intercollegiate Athletic Center will be open, the first varsity athletics facility on the Hilltop since 1951. The Thompson Center is a 144,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility that will immeasurably elevate the infrastructure available to Georgetown's student-athletes.
Reed led the Department of Athletics' ambitious $125 million fundraising campaign as a part of the university-wide For Generations to Come campaign, completed in 2016, as well as unprecedented growth of the athletics endowment. Under his leadership, Georgetown University received the two largest gifts in athletics history, including a historic $50M commitment to underwrite the Cooper Athletics Leadership Program and to complete Cooper Field. Additionally, through philanthropic gifts, Reed has upgraded numerous facilities benefiting soccer (Shaw Field), baseball, rowing and strength & conditioning.
Throughout Reed's tenure, Georgetown athletics has continued to be a national and conference powerhouse, claiming individual and team titles in men's and women's cross country and track & field, sailing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's rowing, and men's basketball. In all, Georgetown's student-athletes have captured 18 conference tournament and regular season championships.
Three head coaches have received national coaches of the year honors under Reed (sailing, women's cross country, men's soccer) and six team national championships have been earned, including a NCAA women's cross country title in 2011, a men's lightweight rowing championship in 2016, and four ICSA national sailing titles (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016). In addition, numerous conference and national rookie and player of the year honors and coach and coaching staff of the year accolades have been awarded.
The following athletic department "firsts" have occurred under Reed's watch:
• Field hockey student-athlete named First Team All-BIG EAST
• Baseball student-athlete named BIG EAST Player of the Year
• Swimming student-athlete qualified for the US Team Olympic Trials
• Sailing student-athlete captured the Singlehanded National Championship
• Men's soccer team advanced to the College Cup and National Championship game
• Softball team advanced to the BIG EAST tournament
Prior to coming to the Hilltop, Reed served as the director of athletics at Cleveland State University for eight years. A former basketball standout at Cleveland State, he joined the Vikings Athletics Department in the summer of 2002. During his time at CSU, the Viking athletics program moved into the upper ranks of the Horizon League and was recognized as one of the top programs in the state of Ohio. While there, he served as president of the NCAA I-AAA Athletic Director's Association, served on the NCAA Management Council and the NCAA Men's Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, a working group composed of presidents, chancellors, head coaches, commissioners, athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives, which was established to develop strategies to enhance the academic performance and graduation rates of NCAA Division I men's basketball. In addition, each summer Reed returns to the classroom to co-teach a graduate level leadership class in the sports industry management program in Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies.
Reed was recognized as one of the 50 Most Powerful African-Americans in Sports by Black Enterprise magazine.
Reed spent seven years at Eastern Michigan University prior to returning to Cleveland State. He received his master in sports administration from the University of New Mexico, where he also served as an assistant men's basketball coach.
Reed and his wife, Katafa, and their children reside in Great Falls, Virginia.