David Reaves Joins Lobo Football Staff
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/20/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 20, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley announced today the hiring of David Reaves as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Reaves joins the Lobo football program and adds experience to an already impressive staff.

"David Reaves is a great addition to our staff and has some of the top pedigree in college football," said Locksley. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and has been worked for two outstanding coaches in Lou Holz and Steve Spurrier. David has a national reputation as a top recruiter and can develop quarterbacks."

Reaves comes to New Mexico after spending the 2009 season at Tennessee. While in Knoxville, Reaves led a passing game that accounted for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Prior to his stint at Tennessee, he spent most of this decade at South Carolina, where he served under head coaching legends Holtz and Spurrier.

Reaves coached seven seasons for the Gamecocks, including the first two as a graduate assistant. After one year as defensive backs coach under Holtz and two seasons assisting Spurrier in coaching the Gamecock quarterbacks, Reaves was handed the full-time quarterback coaching duties in the spring of 2007.

In addition, Reaves was given the duties beginning in 2006 of recruiting coordinator. He solidified his reputation as one of the top young recruiters in college football when the 2007 Gamecock signees formed a consensus top-10 class and were regarded as the most highly touted recruiting class in school history. Following the February signing day, Reaves was selected as one of the top 25 recruiters in the country by Rivals.com.

In 2007, the Gamecocks threw for more than 3,000 yards and averaged 258.2 yards per game through the air with senior Blake Mitchell and redshirt freshman Chris Smelley sharing time under center. In 2006, the South Carolina quarterbacks, primarily Blake Mitchell and Syvelle Newton, combined to throw for 3,259 yards, an average of 250.7 yards per game. In 2005, Reaves assisted with the development of quarterback Blake Mitchell, who threw for 2,370 yards, the seventh-highest single season total in school history.

Reaves spent his first full-time collegiate coaching season of 2004 working with the Carolina safeties.

Reaves, who grew up in Columbia, S.C., served as an assistant head coach at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic High School for one season prior to coming to Carolina. He was team captain and a three-year starter at quarterback for Appalachian State University, where he helped lead the Mountaineers to three straight national playoff berths. Reaves was a standout quarterback at Spring Valley High School, graduating in 1997.