New Mexico goes to Reno looking for a quick start, but falls into a 21-0 first-quarter hole
David Reaves enters his second season at the University of New Mexico and his first as offensive coordinator. Reaves remains the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. He also coordinates UNM's summer camps.
Reaves came to New Mexico after spending the 2009 season at the University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville, Reaves led a passing game that accounted for 2,942 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Prior to his stint at Tennessee, Reaves spent most of the decade at South Carolina, where he served under head coaching legends Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier.
Reaves coached the Gamecocks for seven seasons, including the first two as a graduate assistant. After one year as defensive backs coach under Holtz and two seasons assisting Spurrier with the quarterbacks, Reaves was handed the full-time quarterback coaching duties in the spring of 2007.
In addition, Reaves became recruiting coordinator in 2006. He quickly earned a reputation as one of the nation's top young recruiters. The 2007 Gamecocks' signing class was regarded as one of the most highly-touted recruiting hauls in school history, and formed a consensus top-10 ranking nationally. 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 passing yards per game with senior Blake Mitchell and redshirt freshman Chris Smelley sharing time under center. In 2006, the South Carolina quarterbacks, primarily 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 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 South Carolina safeties.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Reaves served as an assistant head coach at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic High School for one season prior to coming to USC.
Reaves 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 in Columbia, graduating in 1997.
His wife's name is Brooke.