David  Reaves

David Reaves

Assistant Coach / Quarterbacks

David Reaves arrives in Knoxville after a successful tenure for most of this decade at South Carolina, where he served under head coaching legends Lou Holtz and Steve 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.

BORN Dec. 12, 1978; Cincinnati, Ohio.
EDUCATION Spring Valley High School, Columbia, S.C.; Appalachian State University 2001.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL Quarterback, Appalachian State 1997-2000.
COACHING CAREER Tampa Catholic High School 2001, South Carolina 2002-03 (graduate assistant), South Carolina 2004-08, Tennessee 2009-present.
BOWL GAME COACHING HISTORY Independence 2005, Liberty 2006.


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