Former Marshall and Major League Baseball standout Rick Reed returns this season for his first season as the Thundering Herd's pitching coach.
Reed, 40, has 17 years of professional baseball experience as a pitcher in the minor and major leagues, and was a two-time National League All-Star as a member of the New York Mets, representing his team at the 1998 game in Denver and the 2001 contest in Seattle. He also has served as a consultant to minor league pitching staffs during past spring training sessions.
Over the course of his professional career, Reed pitched for the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished his career with a 93-76 record and 4.03 earned run average.
Reed's career took off in 1997 in a breakout season with the New York Mets, as he notched a 13-9 record with a career-low 2.89 ERA in 208 1/3 innings.
In 1998, Reed posted career highs of 16 wins and 153 strikeouts with a 3.48 ERA and just 29 walks in a career-best 212 1/3 innings.
Reed made his first postseason appearance in 1999. In the Mets' 3-1 NLDS win over Arizona, Reed started game 3 and earned the win with six solid innings. He also started game 4 of the NLCS vs. Atlanta and fired seven strong innings of three-hit ball while earning a no-decision in the Mets' 3-2 victory.
After another strong regular season in 2000 (11-5, 4.11 ERA), Reed pitched for the Mets in the 2000 World Series with the cross-town rival Yankees and started game three, tossing six strong innings to lead the Mets to their lone win in the series.
In 2001, Reed pitched a total of 202 1/3 innings with the Mets and Minnesota Twins and was named to his second National League all-star team.
In his first full season with Minnesota in 2002, Reed was the Twins' most consistent starter, leading the team in wins (15) and innings (188) while posting a 3.78 ERA.
Control was a benchmark of Reed's career. In 2002, he led the American League in fewest walks per 9 innings (1.24) and was second to Pedro Martinez in strikeout to walk ratio (4.65). Reed gave up just 285 walks in 1545 2/3 career innings.
Reed attended Marshall from 1984-85 and played one season under head coach Jack Cook before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 26th round of the 1986 amateur draft. He made his major league debut Aug. 8, 1988, with the Pirates.
Reed and his wife Dee reside in Proctorville, Ohio. The couple has two children, Madison (4) and Mason (2).