DEFENSIVE COACHING STAFF
DAVID REEVES | DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
David Reeves was named UAB’s Defensive Coordinator in June of 2016. He was previously the Blazers’ defensive line coach.
Reeves was an integral part of UAB’s remarkable turnaround in 2014 in which the Blazers finished 6-6 after being 2-10 the year prior.
The Blazers improved 44 spots in total defense in 2014, spearheaded by the defensive line. Reeves’ unit helped UAB tally 34 sacks in his first season, which was 16 more than the year before. The Blazers also finished with 81 TFLs with Reeves, a +21 difference from the 2013 campaign.
At the conclusion of 2014, the UAB defense allowed 29.9 points against, which was an average of 14 points better from 2013 when UAB allowed 43.8 points against.
Leading the way for the defensive front was senior end Diaheem Watkins who was named a First Team All-Conference USA selection for tallying a team-high 10 sacks. Additionally, Interior lineman Chris Walton earned C-USA Honorable Mention.
Reeves joined the Blazers in 2014 following a year-long stint at Jacksonville State where he also coached the defensive line.
In 2013 at JSU, Reeves’ unit ranked first in the Ohio Valley Conference in sacks (52) and third in the league in scoring defense (23.6 ppg). Under Reeves' guidance, two Gamecocks earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, including second team selection defensive lineman Caleb Lawrence. Jacksonville State defensive end Chris Landrum was named to the OVC Newcomer squad.
Reeves was the secondary coach at UT Martin in 2012, after coaching the previous five seasons at Southern Arkansas where he was the defensive coordinator his final two years. Reeves was a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama from 2005-06 and was the defensive coordinator at Athens (Ala.) High School from 2000-05.
He is a 1991 graduate of Athens State University.
BLAKE SHRADER | CORNERBACKS
This is Blake Shrader’s second stint with the UAB football program and he serves as the cornerback’s coach.
Shrader was a part of UAB’s remarkable turnaround in 2014 as he helped first year head coach Bill Clark and the Blazers reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2004. Shrader served as the director of player personnel that season.
Prior to his return to Birmingham, Shrader spent the 2015 season as a quality control coordinator at the University of Georgia. The Bulldogs were 10-3 in 2015 and capped their season with a 24-17 victory over Penn State in the Taxslayer Bowl.
Shrader’s first full-time appointment came in 2013 as the cornerback’s coach at Jacksonville State. In his lone season with the Gamecocks, JSU went 11-4 and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs, marking the school’s first-ever victories in the NCAA Division I playoffs.
Before JSU, Shrader was a part of Bill Clark’s defensive staff at South Alabama from 2010-12 as a graduate assistant. In 2012, USA’s first year in Sun Belt, the Jaguars ranked second in the league in total defense.
Shrader got his coaching start at his alma mater of Auburn University as a defensive quality control assistant from 2008-09.
A highly touted recruit out of Stevenson, Ala., Shrader played safety at Auburn from 2004-07 and graduated in 2008 with a degree in health promotion. He was an all-state performer for North Jackson High School both as a junior and senior.
Shrader is married to Bridgeport, Ala. native Shanda Shrader.
XAVIER ROBINSON | DEFENSIVE BACKS
Xavier Robinson was named UAB’s defensive backs coach in June of 2016. He joined the Blazers in 2014 as a strength and conditioning coach.
Prior to arriving in Birmingham, Robinson spent the previous 10 years coaching at powerhouse Prattville High School from 2005-14.
Robinson spent his final three years (2011-14) as the varsity defensive backs coach, while he was also the head coach of the freshman team from 2010-12.
During his time at Prattville, Robinson coached many players who went on to have successful Division I careers, including Nick Perry (Alabama), Justin Thomas (Georgia Tech) and Justin Shanks (Florida State).
When Robinson arrived at Prattville in 2005, he was the assistant varsity defensive backs coach and was also the head junior varsity basketball coach from 205-07. In 2008 he was named Prattville’s varsity head basketball coach and held that position until 2014.
As head coach for the Lions’ basketball team, Robinson led Prattville to three consecutive 6A Area Championships (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11), and was named the Autauga County Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.
Robinson has one daughter, Dominique.
BRIAN WILLIAMS | LINEBACKERS
Brian Williams is in his first year at UAB and is responsible for coaching the linebackers.
Prior to UAB, Williams was most recently at the University of Georgia in 2015 as the player relations director for the Bulldogs’ defense. Before that, he was on staff at Florida State for two years as a defensive analyst and was a part of the Seminoles’ 29-game winning streak which included capturing the 2013 National Championship.
Williams had a highly successful high school coaching career before jumping to the collegiate level. His first coaching stop was at Rickards High School in Tallahassee. He then returned to his alma mater of Miami Carol City High School where he spent seven years coaching football and teaching math and special education.
After one year in Georgia, Williams moved back to Tallahassee to begin a three-year stint at Godby High School as the Defensive Coordinator. Williams helped Godby win the Florida state title in 2012.
Williams played high school ball at Miami Carol under legendary Florida high school coach Walt Frazier. He earned a scholarship at Albany University in New York and then transferred to Florida A&M where he finished his college degree. Injuries cut his playing career short for the Rattlers.
JEREMY HAWKINS | DEFENSIVE ANALYST
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