Rob Reeves will serve as the offensive coordinator, while Jay Sawvel will be defensive coordinator
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Rob Reeves is in his sixth season as an assistant coach at Minnesota. He coaches the Gophers' H-backs and tight ends.
Reeves oversaw the emergence of Brandon Lingen in 2015 and the continued maturation of Nick Hart and Nate Wozniak. Lingen caught 33 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns, while Hart added nine catches for 84 yards and Wozniak eight receptions for 75 yards. Lingen, who was named CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, had two 100-yard receiving games last season. Lingen's 111 yards against Michigan were the fourth-most by a Gopher tight end since 1950.
In 2014, Reeves coached one of the nation's best tight ends in redshirt sophomore Maxx Williams. Williams was named the Big Ten's Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year, a John Mackey Award finalist, a first-team All-American and a Capital One Academic All-American. He led the Gophers with 36 receptions for 569 yards, and caught eight of their 12 passing touchdowns. His receiving yardage and touchdowns are both Minnesota single-season tight end records. Williams accounted for 30.9 percent of Minnesota's receiving yardage. In all, Reeves' tight ends and H-backs hauled in 50 of the team's 127 receptions.
Williams flourished under Reeves as and was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft by Baltimore. He was the first Gopher tight end selected since 2007 when Matt Spaeth was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round.
Minnesota passed for 12 touchdowns in 2013 and six of those scores went to a tight end. Gopher tight ends and H-backs combined to haul in 41 of Minnesota's 137 completions with Williams leading the way with 25 catches for 417 yards and five touchdowns. In 2012, Minnesota tight ends and H-backs caught seven of the team's 19 touchdown passes and 34 of the 175 completions.
For three seasons prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Reeves was the running backs coach at Northern Illinois. Reeves coached NIU running back Chad Spann to back-to-back First-Team All-MAC honors in 2009 and 2010. Spann was named the MAC's Most Valuable Player in 2010 as well.
Prior to his stint at Northern Illinois, Reeves coached the running backs at Southern Illinois. Saluki running backs coached by Reeves earned four All-America accolades and eight all-conference awards. He also coached two Gateway Conference Newcomers of the Year.
Reeves also served as the running backs coach at Emporia State from 1999-2000. He was a graduate assistant at Saginaw Valley State from 1996-98.
Reeves' was an All-America quarterback at Saginaw Valley State where he played for former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill. Reeves was a two-year starter and was an All-America selection in 1994. He was also a two-time All-Midwest Intercollegiate Conference selection.
Reeves holds a bachelor's and master's degree from Saginaw Valley State. He is a graduate of Saline (Mich.) High School.
Reeves and his wife Angie have four children -- Riley, Addison, Jackson and Brady.
THE REEVES FILE
2011: Minnesota - Tight Ends/H-Backs
2008-10: Northern Illinois - Running Backs
2001-07: Southern Illinois - Running Backs
1998-00: Emporia State - Running Backs
1996-98: Saginaw Valley State - Graduate Assistant/Quarterbacks
Saginaw Valley State (Quarterbacks), 1991-95
M.P.A., Saginaw Valley State, 2001
B.S., Saginaw Valley State, 1996
Saline (Mich.), 1991
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