BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Long-time head coach Tommy Reid resigned his post following an 18-year tenure at Union, Director of Athletics Tim Curry announced.
"I sincerely appreciate having had the opportunity to work with a very loyal coaching staff and so many talented players," said Reid. "And I am now looking forward to the next challenge in my coaching career."
Taking over during the 2001 season, Reid served as the Bulldog head coach through 13 seasons. He compiled a record of 51-84 and leaves as the program leader for most wins.
"We thank Tommy for his 18 years of service to Union College and the football program, and we appreciate all he has done for the school and the program during his time here," said Curry of Reid. "He has left the program in a good place where we can build on and move on from here. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Under his tutelage, Reid has had two AFCA NAIA All-American Team and two NAIA All-American honorable mentions. Additionally, 41 players have been named to the Mid-South Conference first team under Reid's watch with team receiving MSC Offensive Player of the Year honors three times, one MSC Offensive Freshman of the Year and one MSC Defensive Freshman of the Year.
The 2008 season was Reid's best as Union posted a 9-3 overall record and advanced to the NAIA Football Championship Series for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs were ranked in the NAIA Top 25 most of the season and finished the year at No. 10.
The 2010 season was memorable as well as the Bulldogs finished 7-4 and set the school records for total points (440), rushing yards (2,904), rushing touchdowns (33), total touchdowns (61) and several others.
Two of Reid's former players signed NFL contracts, and Armond Smith recently completed his third year in the NFL, having played the past two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Reid first came to Union in 1996 as a graduate assistant coach. In the two seasons prior to taking over as head coach, he served as the team's defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator.
Curry said the search for Reid's successor has already begun, and the search will continue until the new head coach is named.
Union finished 3-8 overall and 2-4 in the Mid-South Conference East in 2013. The Bulldogs had one player make the All-MSC East first team and five on the second team.