Don Treadwell Named Miami University's Head Football Coach
Former Miami Captain and MSU Offensive Coordinator Becomes RedHawks' 34th Head Coach
OXFORD, Ohio – DON TREADWELL (Miami ‘82) is returning home to Miami University. The former Miami football captain and veteran offensive coordinator has been named Head Football Coach of the RedHawks, Director of Athletics BRAD BATES announced Friday (Dec. 31).
Treadwell will be re-introduced to Miami fans and media at Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester on January 10 at 5:45 p.m. He will be attending the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 that matches the 9-4 RedHawks against Middle Tennessee State.
Bates says that, with Treadwell at the helm, Miami's defending Mid-American Conference Champions will be in excellent hands heading into the future.
"Don Treadwell is a man of integrity, enthusiasm, passion, intellect, competitiveness, loyalty, love and honor – all the characteristics you expect from a Miami Man," said Bates. "His pedigree, mentors, extensive responsibilities, cumulative experiences in five major conferences and values distinguish him as a great teacher. Don designs football curricula within athletic classrooms to develop future leaders who make a difference in the world."
Treadwell, who played for Coach Tom Reed, was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami (1978-81), earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior and captaining the team as a senior. He had 73 career receptions for 1,540 yards, averaging a school-record 21.1 yards per catch. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami in 1982. Born June 10, 1960, Treadwell graduated from Oberlin High School in 1978 where he played quarterback.
Treadwell joins a dignified list of Miami graduates who ultimately became the head coach at their alma mater, including Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Tom Reed and Randy Walker.
"It's a dream come true to return to my alma mater, Miami, as head football coach. Miami has always held a special place in my heart, and the opportunity to be a part of the 'Cradle of Coaches' is a privilege as well as a responsibility.
"I have a blueprint for success for our student-athletes: in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. Everyone in the program plays an important role, and with all of us heading in the same direction, we can add a new chapter to the rich tradition of Miami football. I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and get started."
As Michigan State's offensive coordinator and receivers coach the past four years, Treadwell has engineered one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten. He was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, in part for his role in leading the day-to-day team activities during Coach Mark Dantonio's absence following Dantonio's heart attack Sept. 19. Without Dantonio in attendance, Treadwell, who normally coaches in the booth, coached on the sidelines in MSU's wins over Northern Colorado and 11th-ranked Wisconsin. Treadwell also coached on the sideline in victories against Michigan and Illinois while Dantonio was in the press box.
Seventh-ranked Michigan State plays Alabama on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. (ESPN) in the Capital One Bowl.
The 27-year coaching veteran's trademark of balance was on full display in 2010, as the Spartans were one of just two teams in the Big Ten to rank among the top five in the conference in rushing (168.8 ypg.), passing (237.8 ypg.), scoring (30.1 ppg.) and total offense (406.7 ypg.). Heading into MSU's January 1 game against Alabama in the Capitol One Bowl, the Spartan offense stacks up as one of the best in school history, cracking the Top 10 in the team single-season records for passing yards (2,854), total yards (4,880) and points (376). The Spartans scored at least 30 points in nine games, including the first six in a row, both of which are school records. A total of seven MSU offensive players received All-Big Ten recognition on the first team, second team or honorable mention.
Treadwell's 2010 receiving corps, complemented by quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Edwin Baker, was one of the deepest in the Big Ten, featuring four players with at least 20 catches, and nine players with at least 10 receptions. The top two threats, B.J. Cunningham and Mark Dell, have combined for 3,889 yards, 270 receptions and 25 touchdown catches in their careers.
During Treadwell's tenture as offensive coordinator, Spartans players have earned All-Big Ten honors either on the first team, second team, or honorable mention on 24 occasions, including 2008 consensus first-team All-American Javon Ringer.
In 2009, Michigan State featured the No. 2 scoring offense in the Big Ten Conference, averaging 29.7 points per game. The Spartans were also second in the league in passing (269.4 yards per game) and third in total offense (406.2 ypg). MSU established a school record with 28 touchdown passes in 2009, and the 3,502 passing yards ranked second in the school record books. The offense also ranked among the best in school history in total offense (5,281 yards, sixth) and points scored (386, third). Altogether, five Spartan offensive players earned All-Big Ten honors.
In 2008, Treadwell's offense showcased one of the top running backs in the nation in Javon Ringer, who led the nation in carries (390), scoring (132 points) and touchdowns (22), while ranking fourth in rushing (125.9 ypg.) en route to being named a consensus first-team All-American. Six other Spartans earned All-Big Ten honors on the offensive side of the ball.
In his first season as offensive coordinator at Michigan State in 2007, Treadwell guided one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the Big Ten, as the Spartans were one of two conference teams and one of nine teams in the NCAA to average at least 200 yards or more in both rushing offense and passing offense during the regular season. It was one of the most productive offensive seasons in school history as the Spartans ranked first in points scored (430), third in total offense (5,418 yards), fifth in passing yards (2,842 yards), and sixth in scoring average (33.1) and total yards per game (416.8) in the school record books. In addition, MSU became the first Football Bowl Subdivision team in 2007 to feature a 2,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver.
Upon becoming Cincinnati's offensive coordinator in 2004, he put together a balanced offense that produced a 2,500-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver, while topping the 2,000-yard mark in both rushing (2,201) and passing (2,666), only the second time that feat had been accomplished in UC history.
Prior to Cincinnati, Treadwell served as offensive coordinator at Ball State in 2003, where he helped develop the Cardinal offense to school records for passing yards and passing TDs.
During his three seasons at Michigan State, he tutored several top receivers, including Charles Rogers, the 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner and the No. 2 pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Treadwell came to Michigan State following one season at North Carolina State, where he coached the running backs in 1999. He previously spent two years at Boston College where he served as the co-offensive coordinator while also working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Treadwell coached running backs under Tyrone Willingham at Stanford from 1995-96. He directed a Cardinal rushing attack that racked up 1,819 yards in 1995 - the ninth-best single-season total in school history.
His full-time coaching credits also include one season as a wide receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994) and a two-year stay with Miami (1992-93), serving under Randy Walker.
At Youngstown State (1986-91), Treadwell spent all of those seasons under former head coach and current Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Dantonio was YSU's defensive coordinator from 1986-90. Treadwell worked with the wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks at Youngstown State, and while serving as the offensive coordinator in 1991, he helped guide the Penguins to the NCAA I-AA National Championship.
Treadwell also participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program in 1989-90, working with the San Francisco 49ers.
Married to the former Lola Pinskey of Fostoria, Ohio, Treadwell and his wife have three children: Whittney, Blake and Spencer. Blake is a sophomore nose tackle for MSU's football team, while Spencer is a senior running back and defensive back at East Lansing (Mich.) High School.