The 53-year-old Reid, who coached at Richmond nine seasons, met
with his assistants and players Friday night to inform them of his
decision, which the school announced Saturday.
"I think it's the right time," Reid said at a news conference.
"A little bit of new energy, a little bit of new leadership. It's
the right time."
The popular coach thanked faculty and players in a statement.
"I love them for their dedication," he said.
Reid led the Spiders to Atlantic 10 Conference titles in 1998
and 2000 and had four winning seasons. He went 48-53-1 at Richmond,
including 2-9 overall and 1-8 in the Atlantic 10 last season.
"He is a team guy and the kids are tremendously important to
him," Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni said in a statement. "From a
recruiting standpoint it is a natural fit because of his experience
in the Northeast, particularly in New England and eastern
Pennsylvania. He is very highly regarded and well-respected
Prior to becoming head coach at Richmond, Reid was the defensive
coordinator at Boston College in 1994. He served in the same
position for the Spiders from 1992-93.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at
Massachusetts in 1973, and was later head coach there.