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Reed Stringer
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Canton, MS
Alma Mater: Delta State
Graduating Year: 2001
Experience: 2 Years
Email: rstringer@athletics.msstate.edu

With a specialty in the recruiting world, Reed Stringer was a natural when new head coach Dan Mullen went searching for a coordinator of recruiting operations. In fact, Rivals.com rated him among the SEC’s top 10 recruiters for 2009. He was personally responsible for recruiting 13 student-athletes for that ’09 MSU class.

In his new position, Stringer assists the recruiting coordinator with those responsibilities and monitors the overall prospect evaluation process. He coordinates all official and unofficial visits, and oversees the video library.

When former Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom rewarded Reed Stringer with a position on his full-time, on-the-field staff in January 2005, it was an endorsement of the work performed by the former two-year graduate assistant in Croom’s initial season. In 2007, Croom further rewarded Stringer by adding oversight of the MSU special teams to his job description.

His impact was felt immediately, particularly with the special teams. After his average dipped by nearly 4 yards per punt between his freshman and sophomore seasons, punter Blake McAdams returned his punting average to the 40-yard threshold in 2007. Place-kicker Adam Carlson, who made just eight-of-16 field goals in his first two seasons at State, converted nine-of-12 three-point opportunities this past season, including six in a row to close the regular season. Even more improvement was made by the Bulldog cover units, which reduced both kickoff return and punt return yardage against. In 2008, return specialist Derek Pegues finished his career holding the SEC’s all-time kickoff return yardage record.

Stringer responded in 2005 by helping Eric Butler become the school’s all-time touchdown receptions leader among tight ends with seven scoring catches. This past season, his tight end corps combined for the most receptions by the position at MSU since 1990. He is blessed with tutoring one of the team’s deeper and more experienced positions – the top three on the depth chart at the position are seniors. That unit improved its pass-catching numbers each year under Stringer’s guidance. Butler and tight end teammate Dezmond Sherrod are currently on NFL rosters.

Stringer served the previous two seasons as the school’s graduate assistant on offense, working primarily with the offensive line.

It was his fervor in working with the scout team preparing the Bulldogs for their weekly opponents, and his work with J.B. Grimes and the 2004 offensive line that paved the way for his initial promotion.

Prior to joining the MSU staff, Stringer served one year as a graduate assistant working with the tight ends at his alma mater, Delta State.

A four-year letterman on the Statesmen’s offensive line, he helped DSU claim the 2000 NCAA Division II national championship. Stringer concluded his career with a string of 35 consecutive starting assignments at offensive left tackle. In addition to that ’00 national title, he was also instrumental in helping Delta State win the 1998 and 2000 Gulf South Conference championships. He graduated from the Cleveland, Miss., based institution in 2001 with a degree in business management. Stringer also completed his master’s degree work in business administration from DSU in 2003.

A native of Canton, Miss., Stringer was a two-time academic all-Gulf South Conference player while at Delta State. He was also named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll three times. He is married to the former Emily Howell, of Starkville, Miss.

The couple has one son, Smith.


Coaching Career
2005-08: Mississippi State (Tight Ends / Special Teams)
2003-04: Mississippi State (Graduate Assistant)
2002: Delta State (Graduate Assistant)

Personal
Birthdate: January 26, 1979
Hometown: Canton, Miss.
Education: Delta State, Bachelor’s in Business Management, 2001
Family: Married to the former Emily Howell
Children: Smith

 

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