Paul Haynes begins his first year as cornerbacks coach at Michigan State.Haynes comes to Michigan State following one season at Louisville where he coached the cornerbacks. In 2002, the Cardinals ranked fifth in C-USA and No. 35 nationally in pass efficiency defense (112.9 rating).
Haynes spent the 2001 season with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars where he served as the defensive quality-control coach. His duties included assisting the defensive coaching staff in all aspects of game preparation -- compiling scouting reports, breaking down opponent film and writing the playbook. He also helped coach the secondary.
In 2001, Jacksonville ranked among the AFC leaders in passing defense (second at 190 yards per game), scoring defense (fourth at 17.9 points) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 yards).
He worked for two years under former Spartan defensive coordinator Dean Pees at Kent State (1999-2000) where he coached the secondary in 1999 before taking over the duties as assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000.
Prior to joining the Kent State staff, Haynes coached the running backs and secondary at NCAA I-AA Northern Iowa in 1997-98.
He also served as secondary coach at Ferris State for two seasons, from 1995-96. Haynes began his coaching career at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993 before moving on to Bowling Green as a graduate assistant in 1994.
Haynes earned four letters (1987-88; 1990-91) as a safety at Kent State while playing for three different head coaches, in Glen Mason, Dick Crum and Pete Cordelli. He began his playing career as a walk-on and promptly led the Golden Flashes in interceptions with three in 1987. Haynes also led the team in tackles in 1998 (116 stops) and 1990 (133). He produced 440 career tackles - the fifth-highest total recorded by a defensive back in NCAA history. His 440 tackles rank seventh on Kent State's all-time list.
The Columbus, Ohio, native earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kent State in 1992.
Married to the former Danita Fields from Tallahassee, Fla., Haynes and his wife have two children: a daughter, Jordyn (9), and a son, Tarron (5).
THE HAYNES FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: First. Joined staff on Dec. 28, 2002, from Louisville.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College -- Graduate assistant coach at Bowling Green (1994); secondary coach at Ferris State (1995-96); running backs and secondary coach at Northern Iowa (1997-98); secondary coach and assistant head coach/safeties coach at Kent State (1999-2000); cornerbacks coach at Louisville (2002). NFL -- Defensive quality-control coach with Jacksonville Jaguars (2001).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kent State in 1992.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College -- Four-year letterman as a safety at Kent State (1987-88; 1990-91).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach -- 2002 GMAC Bowl.