Barlow introduced as Virginia State football coach

The following comes directly from Virginia State University:

Virginia State University, Va. – VSU President Makola Abdullah along with the Trojan Athletic Department is pleased to announce Reggie Barlow as the 25th Head Football Coach at Virginia State University.

Barlow spent eight years in the NFL: five with the Jacksonville Jaguars and two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a World Championship in Super Bowl XXXVII and one offseason on the Oakland Raiders roster. He was used as a secondary wide receiver and punt returner. In 1997, he led the NFL in punt return yards with 555 yards on 43 returns.


In addition to being an accomplished player, Coach Barlow comes to the VSU with more than a decade of coaching experience. He coached at several secondary schools before being offered a coaching position at his alma mater, Alabama State University, where he was the head coach from 2007-2014.  As head coach, Barlow compiled an overall record of 48-42. In 2010, the Hornets went 7-5, claimed their fourth outright SWAC Eastern Divisional title and made their third trip to the league’s championship game in eight seasons. In 2011, the Hornets improved to 8-3 winning the Turkey Day Classic over Tuskegee.



“I am pleased with the selection that the search committee has made, “said VSU Director of Athletics, Peggy Davis.  “We are excited to welcome Coach Barlow to the Land of Troy as the football program continues to move in the right direction.”


Barlow is the father of three children — Erica, Reggie Jr. and Simone.



VSU wrapped up the 2015 season with a 6-4 overall record, 4-3 in the CIAA conference.   The Trojan football program has won 11 CIAA Championships (1929, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1945, 1952, 1970, 1972, 1995, 1996 and 2014). In 2014, the Trojans not only advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Playoffs, but they hosted the first round of the playoffs in Rogers Stadium against Long Island University- Post. The Trojans went on to defeat LIU-Post and advance to round two.



The 2016 football season will begin on the road on September 3 against Lenoir-Rhyne at 2 p.m.

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