Alvin Reynolds, whose resume includes 19 years as an assistant coach in the NFL, is in his second season on the Bentley coaching staff, serving as the Defensive Backs Coach.
All of Reynolds’ NFL experience came on the defensive side of the ball with the veteran coach having served on the staffs of the Atlanta Falcons (defensive backs, 2008-11), Jacksonville Jaguars (defensive backs, 2003-07), Carolina Panthers (defensive assistant, 1999-2002), Baltimore Ravens (secondary, 1996-98) and the Denver Broncos (defensive assistant, 1993-95).
Throughout his career, Reynolds has coached with the likes of head coach Wade Phillips where he guided safeties Steve Atwater and Dennis Smith in Denver. Under defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, he coached Hall of Famer Rod Woodson and Pro-Bowlers Stevon Moore and Eric Turner, in Baltimore. With the Panthers, he coached alongside then-Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, doing tape breakdown, game plan preparation and statistical tendencies. He also coached the Carolina secondary guiding safeties, Mike Minter, Deon Grant and Deke Cooper. Under Head Coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Reynolds coached safety Donovin Darius and developed cornerback Rashean Mathis in Jacksonville. Under Head Coach Mike Smith, Reynolds coached the secondary guiding safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud, and helped develop Pro-Bowler cornerback Brent Grimes in Atlanta.
Reynolds began his coaching career at his alma mater, Indiana State, where he progressed from a graduate assistant to assistant head coach. He was with the Sycamores from 1982-92 before shifting to the NFL. Reynolds’ coaching resume also includes time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL and five years coaching experience alongside other prominent NFL coaches that develop top college prospects for Rivals and Under Armour All-American Camps.
Reynolds was a standout strong safety at Indiana State from 1978-81 and totaled 225 career tackles, 21 passes defensed, five fumble recoveries and five interceptions. He became the first Sycamore player to receive a vote for the Heisman, receiving two in 1981.
A native of Pineville, La., Reynolds received a degree in business management from Indiana State in 1982 and a Master’s in political science from the school in 1990. He has three children (Alvin Jr., Isabella, Ana).