An 8-3 season has earned Tennessee State University head football coach Rod Reed a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season.

"We feel like we have the program going in a great direction," athletic director Teresa Phillips said after the Ohio Valley Conference program announced the extension on Friday, "and we want to continue the improvements that TSU football has shown in recent years.

"With the way that the team has performed under coach Reed and with the team that's returning next year, we felt like a contract extension was deserved."

The eight wins this season were the most for TSU in an 11-game schedule since 2001. The Tigers were ranked as high as 17th in The Sports Network FCS Top 25.

TSU had 12 total selections on the All-OVC team and led the conference with six first-team selections, including five on the offensive side of the ball. Tight end A.C. Leonard, offensive lineman Rogers Gaines and cornerback Steven Godbolt III each earned an All-America selection.

Reed has a 16-17 record through three seasons at TSU.