Five months into his tenure as Eastern Washington University’s quarterbacks coach, Bodie Reeder will also officially assume the role of offensive coordinator, head coach Aaron Best announced Tuesday.
Reeder has been interim offensive coordinator since June 7 when Fred Salanoa resigned and returned to be with his family in Hawaii.
Reeder spent the 2014-16 seasons working with quarterbacks at Oklahoma State University and working in offensive quality control. The former player and 2010 graduate of Eastern Illinois University previously was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin-Stout from 2011-14. He previously spent two seasons as an assistant at his alma mater.
“He’s been an offensive coordinator and play-caller in prior years, so he was the right coach for the position,” said Best. “The level doesn’t matter – having the experience in that role is what is most important. He’s excited about the opportunity, and is very intellectual and is a fast-thinker. The most important thing is that he’s calling plays through the quarterback’s eyes. He’ll be able to expand on his ideas from his prior stops to infuse our offense.”
“Bodie was a tremendous asset to our success at OSU,” said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. “He was very helpful in day-to-day game planning. His experience and work ethic have prepared him for this opportunity at Eastern.”
Reeder was an assistant at Wisconsin-Stout for four seasons, and was offensive coordinator his last three. Besides coaching the team’s quarterbacks, he also taught kinesiology at the school. Among the players he coached was all-conference quarterback Hank Kujak.
He then moved on to Oklahoma State and its high-powered offense. The Cowboys played in bowl games all three of Reeder’s seasons there, including victories in the 2016 Alamo Bowl (defeated Colorado 38-8) and the 2014 Cactus Bowl (defeated Washington 30-22). The Cowboys also played in the Sugar Bowl following the 2015 season (lost to Mississippi 48-20).
The 2016 OSU team was 10-3 and second in the Big 12 with a 7-2 record. The Cowboys were ninth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in passing offense (323.9 per game) and 17th in scoring (38.6 per game).
Reeder began his college career at Wyoming, then transferred to Eastern Illinois where he had 3,741 passing yards, 23 touchdown passes, and 356 career completions in 30 games. The Panthers advanced to the NCAA playoffs in 2007 and 2009.
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