5 Clemson Football coaches who could be head coaches one day

While the main criticism of Dabo Swinney's 2023 staff was a lack of experience, there were multiple names who could be on a trajectory to become head coaches in the future.

Nov 11, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Garrett Riley
Nov 11, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Garrett Riley / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike Reed

Reed is the longest-tenured coach on Swinney’s staff. There have been several fans concerned over the past few seasons that Reed could look at other programs, specifically after Brent Venables left and Wes Goodwin was installed as the new defensive coordinator.

Reed has remained steady with his comfort level working at Clemson and continues to churn out NFL talent. Another of his players, Nate Wiggins, is expected to be drafted in the first round of this year’s pro draft.

It shouldn't be surprising that Reed’s name is now being mentioned for head coaching vacancies. When Jeff Hafley left Boston College for the NFL, 247Sports noted that Reed’s name was one sources were indicating was on the Eagles’ short list of candidates.

This made sense as Reed is a BC alum, and programs like to pursue coaches who understand the environment of the program. It might not be the last time Reed pops up in a head coaching search, however. Reed’s experience and track record with developing NFL talent could put him in multiple conversations at various schools.

It might take a stint as a defensive coordinator if Reed has the ambition to attract a power program but I think there could be several Group of Five schools that would be quite happy with a coach like Reed running their program.

Next: Wes Goodwin