Robert Reeves' association with Jerry Kill dates back to Reeves' playing days at Saginaw Valley State where the Michigan native was an All-America quarterback for Kill in 1994.
Following his playing days, Reeves began his coaching career at his alma mater under Kill and has served as Kill's running backs coach at Emporia State and Southern Illinois prior to coming to Northern Illinois.
At each stop, Reeves has helped Kill develop some of the nation's best rushing attacks, most recently in 2009 when Chad Spann gained 1,038 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns en route to earning first team All-MAC recognition. Behind Spann, the Huskies featured the No. 19 rushing offense in the country and led the league in rushing last year.
In seven years at Southern Illinois, Reeves' running backs gained an average of 207.8 yards per game and 5.05 yards per carry.
That team rushing success led to a host of individual accolades. Running backs coached by Reeves earned four All-America and eight all-conference awards. Reeves also coached two Gateway Conference Newcomers of the Year in Muhammad Abdulqaadir (2002) and Brandon Jacobs (2004).
In 2004, SIU achieved the top rushing marks in school history. Led by two-time All-American and Walter Payton Award finalist Arkee Whitlock, and current New York Giant Brandon Jacobs, the Saluki ground attack produced 3,404 total yards and averaged 283.7 per game.
Saluki running backs rushed for more than 3,000 yards in three other seasons (2002, `03, `06) under the instruction of Reeves, and totaled more than 18,000 yards during his seven-year tenure at SIU.
Jacobs, who rushed for 992 yards with an average of 6.6 yards per carry in 2004, was drafted in the fourth round by the NFL's New York Giants following that season. In 2005, he became the first Giants rookie since 1984 to rush for seven touchdowns in a year and he was a key cog in the team's 2008 run to the Super Bowl title.
Whitlock has also achieved success in the National Football League, as the Minnesota Vikings signed him to a free agent contract in October of 2007.
Reeves also coached SIU career rushing leader Tom Koutsos.
Prior to his tenure at Southern Illinois, Reeves was the running backs coach at Emporia State under Kill (1999-2000), and served as a graduate assistant coach for quarterbacks at his alma mater, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.
As a player at SVSU, Reeves was a two-year starter at quarterback and earned All-America recognition in 1994. He was a two-time All-Midwest Intercollegiate Conference Team selection (1994-95).
Rob and his wife, Angie, have four children: Riley (5), twins Jackson and Addison (3), and Brady (1).
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