University at Buffalo football coach Lance Leipold announced three coaching assignment changes Friday, including the promotion of Issac Reed to running backs coach. Reed spent the previous two seasons as an offensive graduate assistant for the Bulls.
Reed was an assistant wide receivers coach over the last two seasons at Buffalo. He aided in the development of All-MAC receivers Anthony Johnson and K.J. Osborn in 2018 and Antonio Nunn in 2019.
Prior to arriving at Buffalo, Reed was the running backs coach at Ohio Wesleyan for the 2017 season. Reed began his coaching career at his alma mater, Baldwin Wallace, serving as the assistant running backs coach for the 2016 season.
"I'm excited to be able to elevate Issac to running backs coach," Leipold said in a news release. "He has done an outstanding job in his two years here and he'll bring great knowledge and energy to the running backs room. He also has a good understanding of the offense and culture of our program."
Reed fills the spot vacated by offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki, who will coach tight ends. Kotelnicki replaces Alan Hensell, who was hired as the head football coach at Franklin College.
In addition, linebackers coach Chris Simpson will serve as co-defensive coordinator.
UB adds transfer
Offensive lineman Ray Thomas-Ishman is transferring from Massachusetts to UB, he announced on Instagram. Thomas-Ishman, listed as 6-5 and 320 pounds, started 34 games in his first three seasons at UMass and was suspended in late September last season. He opted to redshirt and will join UB as a graduate transfer.