Reno will replace former coach Tom Williams, who resigned Dec. 21 amid allegations that he lied on his resume regarding his candidacy for the Rhodes Scholarship.
With three years of experience at Harvard, Reno is also familiar with the Bulldogs program, having coached there for six years. A secondary coordinator for five of those seasons, Reno produced some of the top pass defenses in the nation, with the Bulldogs ranking third nationally in pass defense in 2007 and 2008.
While at Harvard in 2010 and 2011, Reno didn’t have the same level of success, with the Crimson ranking fifth and sixth in the Ancient Eight in pass defense, respectively. However, some of that can be attributed to the strength of Harvard’s rush defense, which forced opponents to work more through the air.
In 2002, while at Worcester State—his alma mater—Reno won the AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.
Apart from his coaching skills, Reno also has years of experience as a recruiter. The head football recruiter near the end of his first tenure at Yale, Reno had recruited for the Crimson in the southeast U.S.
A press conference to announce the decision is expected at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
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