Wittenberg Tigers name Reed Florence new offensive coordinator

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017 Sports
Wittenberg quarterback Reed Florence (12) is pursued by John Marshall (46) and Joe Tripolitakis (36) of Chicago during Saturday’s football game on October 13, 2012 at Edwards-Maurer Field in Springfield. Wittenberg won the game 41-17. Barbara J. Perenic/Springfield News-Sun

The Wittenberg Tigers have a new offensive coordinator, and he’s a familiar name for anyone who has been following local football for the last decade.

Wittenberg and Southeastern High School graduate Reed Florence takes the helm of the offense, replacing Kevin Hoyng, who returned to his alma mater, the University of Dayton, as the passing game coordinator after three seasons running the Wittenberg offense.

“Reed was with us last year coaching receivers and did a really good job, as I knew he would,” Wittenberg head coach Joe Fincham said. “I don’t know if anyone knows our offense better than that guy does. It was a pretty easy selection.”

Florence was the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2013. He set a school record with 3,366 yards and 38 touchdowns. The Tigers were 20-4 in his two seasons as a starter. They won a share of the NCAC title when he was a junior and the outright championship when he was a senior.

Florence began his coaching career in 2014 as the quarterbacks coach at Marian University in Indianapolis. In 2015, he moved to Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He coached safeties at Wittenberg last season.

“Reed has a very high football IQ,” Fincham said. “He was one of those players who not only was a good player but a guy who was always hanging around the office. He liked to watch film. You could go into a ballgame with Reed with a lot of different checks and adjustments because he could handle it all. He had a real calmness about him when he did it.”