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Don Treadwell
Don  Treadwell

Assistant Defensive Backs/Special Teams, Freshmen

Years at MSU:
Eighth overall (2000-02; 2007-10; 2018-)

Don Treadwell, who served as Michigan State's offensive coordinator for four seasons from 2007-10 under head coach Mark Dantonio, returned to the Spartan coaching staff in January 2018.

Treadwell will assist coaching defensive backs and special teams while also helping as an offensive consultant. In addition, Treadwell will serve as freshmen head coach, a new title created to support first-year players in their growth and development both on and off the field.

Treadwell, who returns for his third stint with the Spartans after serving as wide receivers coach from 2000-02 and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach from 2007-10, has more than 30 years of experience coaching at the collegiate level. His coaching resume includes nine bowl appearances, four Division I-AA playoff appearances and a national championship. He has coached on the same staff with Dantonio on four previous occasions (Youngstown State, 1986-90; Cincinnati, 2004-06; Michigan State, 2000, 2007-10).

Treadwell joins the MSU staff from Kent State, where he was the Golden Flashes' offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for three seasons (2015-17) after one season (2014) as running backs coach, serving under fellow Spartan assistant coach Paul Haynes.

During his four years as Michigan State's offensive coordinator from 2007-10, Treadwell put together one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten, featuring a balanced attack full of talented playmakers. He also served as the wide receivers coach.

Treadwell's trademark of balance was on full display during MSU's Big Ten Championship season in 2010, as the Spartans were one of just two teams in the conference to rank among the top five in the regular season in rushing (168.8 ypg.), passing (237.8 ypg.), scoring (30.1 ppg.) and total offense (406.7 ypg.). MSU finished the season with 3,073 passing yards and 383 points, totals which still stand as the eighth highest in school history. The Spartans scored at least 30 points in nine games, including the first six in a row, which set then-school records. A total of seven players on the offense received All-Big Ten recognition on the first team, second team or honorable mention.

Treadwell helped mentor quarterback Kirk Cousins, who just finished his sixth season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, during two of Cousins' three years as a starter at MSU (2009 and 2010). As the wide receivers coach, Treadwell tutored four players who earned All-Big Ten honors, including the program's all-time leading receiver, B.J. Cunningham.

In 2010, Treadwell was nominated for the Broyles Award, which is awarded to the nation's top assistant coach, in part for his role in leading the day-to-day team activities during Dantonio's absence following his heart attack Sept. 19. Without Dantonio in attendance, Treadwell, who normally coached in the booth, coached on the sidelines in MSU's wins over Northern Colorado and Wisconsin. For his efforts in the win over No. 11 Wisconsin, which included a key fourth-and-goal conversion late in the fourth quarter to seal the game, Treadwell was named the National Coordinator of the Week by Treadwell also coached on the sideline in victories against Michigan and Illinois while Dantonio was in the press box.

During Treadwell's tenure as offensive coordinator, Spartans players 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 nearly 30 points per game (29.7 ppg). 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).

MSU's passing game was built around wide receiver Blair White, who was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches. White recorded career highs in receptions (70), touchdown catches (9) and receiving yards (990), all of which rank among MSU's Top 10 single-season leaders. He also became the program's first Academic All-America First Team selection since 1993 for his 3.89 GPA in human biology. Overall, five Spartans on offense 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. Ringer was the first Spartan running back to earn All-America honors since Lorenzo White in 1987. The consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection rushed for 1,637 yards, the second-highest single-season total in school history. Six other Spartans earned All-Big Ten honors on the offensive side of the ball, including second-team picks Roland Martin (right guard) and Jesse Miller (right tackle).

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. The Spartans were among the Big Ten leaders in scoring offense (No. 2 at 33.1 points a game), rushing offense (No. 3 at 198.2 ypg.), total offense (No. 4 at 416.8 ypg.) and passing offense (No. 6 at 218.6 ypg.). 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 (Brian Hoyer), a 1,000-yard rusher (Javon Ringer) and a 1,000-yard receiver (Devin Thomas), as the feat was accomplished in Game 11 against Purdue. Six Spartans earned All-Big Ten honors on the offensive side of the ball, including consensus second-team selections Ringer and Thomas. Ringer rushed for 1,447 yards, the sixth-best mark in MSU single-season history, while Thomas established school records in receptions (79) and all-purpose yards (2,590). Thomas' record-breaking season propelled him to become a second-round pick in the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, while tight end Kellen Davis was selected in the fifth round by the Chicago Bears.

Treadwell left Michigan State to become the head coach at Miami-Ohio for three seasons (2011-13). Following his time in Oxford, Treadwell was named to the offensive staff at Kent State as a running backs coach in 2014 before being named offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for three years (2015-17). Treadwell also served as interim head coach at KSU for two weeks during the 2017 season after Haynes had a two-week medical leave of absence.

Prior to joining Dantonio's staff at Cincinnati in 2004, Treadwell served as offensive coordinator at Ball State in 2003.

During his first three seasons at Michigan State from 2000-02, Treadwell tutored several top receivers, including Charles Rogers, the 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner and the No. 2 pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. Under Treadwell's tutelage, Rogers set MSU single-season receiving records in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions, and left MSU as the second all-time receiver in school history with 2,821 yards in just two seasons. In 2001, Treadwell coached one of the nation's top receiving duos in Rogers and Herb Haygood, who combined for 124 receptions, 2,278 yards and 18 touchdowns. Haygood was selected by Denver in the fifth round (No. 144 overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. Treadwell came to Michigan State following one season at North Carolina State, where he coached the running backs in 1999. The Oberlin, Ohio, native 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.

His full-time coaching credits also include one season as a wide receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994), a two-year stay with his alma mater Miami-Ohio (1992-93), and a five-year stint with Youngstown State (1986-91). Treadwell spent all of those seasons at Youngstown State under former head coach Jim Tressel, along with Dantonio, who served as 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. He also participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program in 1989-90, working with the San Francisco 49ers.

Treadwell was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami-Ohio (1978-81), earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami-Ohio in 1982.

Married to the former Lola Pinskey of Fostoria, Ohio, Treadwell and his wife have three children: Whittney, Blake and Spencer. Blake, who was a captain on Michigan State's 2013 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Rose Bowl Championship team, is currently an offensive graduate assistant on the Spartan coaching staff.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Quarterbacks, receivers, running backs coach and offensive coordinator at Youngstown State (1986-91); running backs and receivers coach at Miami-Ohio (1992-93); receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994); running backs coach at Stanford (1995-96); co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and receivers coach at Boston College (1997-98); running backs coach at North Carolina State (1999); receivers coach at Michigan State (2000-02); receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Ball State (2003); offensive coordinator at Cincinnati (2004-06); offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at Michigan State (2007-10); head coach at Miami-Ohio (2011-13); running backs coach (2014) and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Kent State (2015-17).

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami-Ohio in 1982.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Four-year starter as a wide receiver at Miami-Ohio (1978-81) and named captain as a senior.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach - 1987 NCAA I-AA Playoffs, 1989 NCAA I-AA Playoffs, 1990 NCAA I-AA Playoffs, 1991 NCAA I-AA National Champions, 1995 Liberty Bowl, 1996 Sun Bowl, 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl, 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic, 2004 Fort Worth Bowl, 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl.

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