Bowling Green State University men's soccer coach Eric Nichols has announced the addition of Eric Reed to his staff. Reed, who comes to BGSU from Davidson College, replaces Charlie Edwards, who was named head coach at Adrian College in December.
"I am excited to add Eric Reed to the BGSU program," said Nichols. "We had an incredible pool of candidates for this position which made for a challenging search. Throughout the process, Eric's name continued to surface as someone who had a unique set of experiences and perspective on the game.
"The playing pedigree and the experiences he brings are extremely valuable, but it is the quality of his character that sets him apart and will make him a perfect fit for our program and our community."
A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Reed has spent the last two seasons working with the goalkeepers at Davidson. Reed, who has played professionally since graduating from college, also spent the 2007 season as the goalkeeper coach for both the men's and women's soccer teams at the University of San Francisco. Additionally, he has extensive coaching experience working with various camps, schools and clubs.
"I am tremendously excited to be working with the men's soccer program and the Falcon Family at Bowling Green," said Reed. "Coach Nichols has done a fantastic job of building an exciting team with a bright future and solid culture. I am honored to be joining this great coaching staff and doing all I can to push the program to the next level."
Reed has played for the Charlotte Eagles of the USL Pro League for the last three seasons. He was a finalist for the league's Goalkeeper-of-the-Year award in both 2011 and '13 and helped the Eagles to the championship game in the latter year.
Reed attended UCLA, where he started at least 16 matches in each of his final three seasons. As a junior in 2005, he earned All-Pac-10 First-Team honors as well as NSCAA/adidas All-Far West Third-Team accolades, after leading the Bruins to the conference title. In his senior season of 2006, Reed recorded shutouts in three of five NCAA Tournament games, as UCLA advanced all the way to the national championship match.
Reed earned both All-Pac-10 and Academic All-Pac-10 honors in each of his final three seasons at UCLA. He had a career record of 34-12-5, 24 total shutouts and a goals-against average of 0.81.
Reed, who was a was a member of the U.S. U-18 National Team, was selected by the California Victory in the 2007 USL First Division College Player Draft. At the end of that season, Victory fans voted Reed team MVP.
Reed transferred to USL Second Division outfit Cleveland City Stars, where he helped that club with the USL2 title in 2008. Reed joined the Carolina RailHawks for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, before signing on with the Charlotte Eagles.
Reed, who attended Laguna Hills High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from UCLA in 2006. He is active in the community, working with groups that include Missionary Athletes International, Athletes in Action and Ambassadors in Sport.