Jacksonville, Florida-The Edward Waters College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has selected Dr. Brandon Reeves as the inaugural head coach of the new men’s volleyball program.
“I want to thank President Faison and Dr. Bryant for presenting and giving me this great opportunity,” said Dr. Reeves. “I am very excited to begin this journey here at EWC. It is clear to me that the athletic department has a strong desire to improve our programs and the lives of all of our student-athletes. It is a great honor to create history here at EWC and in the State of Florida. I’m ready to grow this game of men’s volleyball and build champions. Again, I would like to thank Dr. Bryant for believing in me and allowing me to be part of the EWC family.”
Edward Waters Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Paul A. Bryant lauded Dr. Reeves’ pedigree of winning championships as well as his ability to coach and retain student-athletes.
Dr. Reeves comes to Edward Waters after spending five seasons as the head women’s volleyball coach at NCAA Division I, Chicago State University. During the 2019 season, Dr. Reeves’ team featured the Western Athletic Conference’s (WAC) Freshman of the Year and Libero of the Year. The Cougars also took NCAA Division I Power Oklahoma to five sets and California to four sets. In 2018, the Cougars had their highest WAC conference win total in the school’s Division I history and had the highest team Ratings Performance Index (RPI) in program history. Dr. Reeves’ teams at CSU also received several American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Team Honors as well as several WAC All-Academic selections.
In addition to his volleyball work at CSU, Dr. Reeves served as the Associate Athletic Director for Business and Internal Operations, and Chief Financial Officer for the Athletic Department, where he oversaw a $9.2 million athletic department budget.
Prior to his time at Chicago State, Dr. Reeves was the head women’s volleyball coach at Concordia College in Selma, AL. He led the Lady Hornets to a 43-13 overall mark during his two seasons at CCAL, including a 24-1 mark at home and led Concordia two appearances at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament. In his final season in 2015, Dr. Reeves led CCAL to a 25-8 record, were ranked No. 1 in the USCAA power rankings and advanced to the Elite Eight of the USCAA National Tournament. In addition, he was also a finalist for USCAA National Coach of the Year honors.
The decision to move forward with the addition of men's volleyball as the 14th varsity sport to the athletics ledger at EWC was made in October of 2020, thanks to the guidance and financial support of First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball. EWC received a $100,000 gift from First Point Volleyball Foundation and USA Volleyball to help solidify the startup costs of the men's program, which will make it the first HBCU men’s volleyball program in the State of Florida.
Dr. Reeves and the Tigers will open their inaugural campaign in the Spring of 2022.