Jeff Reinebold came to SMU in 2008 after spending two seasons at Hawaii as defensive line coach where he was part of UH's 2006 Hawaii Bowl and 2007 Sugar Bowl teams.
In his first season at SMU, Reinebold led a pair of Mustang wide receivers, Aldrick Robinson and Emmanuel Sanders, to two of the best seasons for receivers in school history. The tandem combined for over 2,000 yards receiving and hauled in 20 touchdowns. Sanders earned All-C-USA honors.
In 2009, Sanders became a full-fledged star, becoming SMU's all-time leader in catches, TD catches and yards, setting single-season catch and yardage marks and catching a school-record 18 passes in a single game. Sanders was then selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 2010 season was time for Robinson to shine, as he caught a school-record 14 TDs and notched 1,301 receiving yards, second-most ever in a season at SMU. He finished the 2010 season with touchdown grabs in a school-record eight straight games and was then chosen by the Washington Redskins in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Reinebold has more than 25 years of coaching experience in the collegiate and professional ranks. Reinebold began his coaching career as a wide receivers coach at Western Montana in 1981 and then moved to Dartmouth, where he helped guide the Big Green to an Ivy League championship in 1982. He then helped Montana to the 1984 Mirage Bowl and Pennsylvania to two Ivy League championships (1986 & 1988) before getting his first head coaching job at Rocky Mountain College in 1989, where his squad led NAIA District 12 in passing offense and had its first non-losing season in six years. The next season, he took a job at New Mexico as the outside linebackers coach before jumping to the professional ranks.
He is best known for his involvement with the Canadian Football League and NFL Europe. He began his pro coaching career in 1991 with the BC Lions, where he helped develop an offense that led the CFL in 11 different categories. CFL Most Outstanding Player Doug Flutie passed for a record 6,691 yards and two receivers - Ray Alexander and Matt Clark - racked up over 1,500 receiving yards each en route to earning CFL All-Star accolades. While with BC, Reinebold was part of a Lion team that made the playoffs in 1991 and 1993. Reinebold then spent the 1994 season with the CFL's Las Vegas Posse before joining the staff of the Edmonton Eskimos. With Edmonton, Reinebold reached the 1995 CFL Western Final. After coaching the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe for one season, he returned to the CFL as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1997 and 1998. After two seasons, he returned to NFL Europe as Special Teams Coach and senior manager of international player development for the Amsterdam Admirals. Under Reinebold's guidance, the Admirals won the World Bowl XIII and ranked as the league's top special teams unit four times (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002).
Reinebold has also shown a tremendous recruiting acumen and was named one of the nation's top 20 recruiters by Rivals.com. He was the only non-BCS coach to make the list. Two of Reinebold's protégés at Hawaii - Ikaika Alama-Francis and Melila Purcell - were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.
The South Bend, Ind., native attended the University of Maine and earned three letters as a defensive back on the Black Bear football team before completing his degree from Indiana in 1981. He graduated cum laude with a B.S. in general studies.