Reggie Barlow named Interim Head Football Coach at Alabama State
March 27, 2007
Alabama State University has announced that former ASU standout Reggie Barlow has been appointed interim head football coach. Barlow replaces Charles Coe who resigned after four years to accept a position in the National Football League.
"On behalf of ASU, I would like to thank Coach Coe for his efforts," said ASU President Dr. Joe A. Lee. "He represented the University and our student-athletes with great class."
Dr. Lee pointed to Barlow's experiences and his ASU ties as key factors in his selection.
"Coach Barlow is an outstanding young coach," Lee said. "He has played for some of the best coaches in America. He understands what it takes to win, and his love for ASU is unmatched."
After a stellar career with the Hornets, Barlow was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL draft. He played five years with the Jaguars, two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was a member of a Super Bowl championship team, and one year with the Raiders.
Barlow joined the ASU staff in 2005. As quarterbacks coach, he was mentor and tutor to former ASU and current NFL starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. Barlow also served a fellowship with the Minnesota Vikings' coaching staff.
"This is a dream opportunity for me," Barlow said. "Alabama State gave me the chance to earn an education and pursue my dream of playing professional football. For me, coaching at Alabama State is the ultimate.
"I thank Coach Coe for bringing me on board two years ago," Barlow continued. "I spent a lot of time just hanging around the team and talking football. I have a great passion for the game, for 'Bama State and for this community. I can't wait to hit the field."