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Paul Haynes
Paul  Haynes


Year at MSU:
Third overall


Paul Haynes, who has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, was named secondary coach at Michigan State on Jan. 19, 2018. He most recently spent five seasons (2013-17) as the head coach at Kent State. Haynes returns for his second stint with the Spartans, serving as defensive backs coach from 2003-04.

As the head coach at Kent State, Haynes coached 17 players who earned Mid-American All-Conference accolades, including seven first-team selections. At least three players earned all-league plaudits in all five seasons, including four in both 2017 and 2016, five in 2013, three in 2014 and five in 2013. In the classroom, 55 Kent State players earned spots on the Academic All-MAC Team in Haynes’ five years.

While at KSU, Haynes coached some of the top passing defenses in the MAC. The Golden Flashes finished in the top 45 of the FBS in pass defense all five of his seasons at the helm, including No. 27 in 2013, No. 22 in 2016 and No. 27 in 2017. In addition, Kent State led the MAC in passing defense in 2014 and pass efficiency defense in 2016. In 2015, KSU ranked first in the conference and No. 22 in the FBS in sacks and No. 27 in the FBS in total defense.

Prior to his time at Kent State, Haynes was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2012, also serving as the Razorbacks’ secondary coach.

Before Arkansas, Haynes was at Ohio State from 2005-2011, holding the position of co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach in 2011 after being the secondary coach from 2005-10. He helped the Buckeyes win six Big Ten Championships while coaching in six BCS Games, including two BCS National Championship Games (2007, 2008). Haynes’ players in the secondary at OSU earned first-team All-America honors five times and first-team All-Big Ten accolades 10 times, including two-time All-American cornerback and 2008 Thorpe Award winner Malcolm Jenkins. He also worked with nine NFL Draft choices in Columbus, including two first-rounders (Jenkins in 2009; Donte Whitner in 2006). A nine-year NFL veteran and two-time Pro Bowler, Jenkins earned a Super Bowl ring with the Eagles this past season.

Haynes’ first stint at Michigan State was during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, serving as secondary coach. He mentored safety Jason Harmon, who earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in both seasons under Haynes.

Before Michigan State, Haynes was at Louisville as the secondary coach in 2002 after serving as the defensive quality control coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001.

Haynes also had an earlier stint at Kent State, serving as the assistant head coach/safeties in 2000 after being the secondary coach in 1999. Haynes’ coaching career also includes stints as the running backs and secondary coach at Northern Iowa from 1997-98, defensive backs coach at Ferris State from 1995-96 and graduate assistant at Bowling Green in 1994. Haynes started his coaching career as an assistant coach at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, in 1993.

Haynes played at Kent State, walking on in the fall of 1987 and going on to lead the team in interceptions as a freshman. In his sophomore season, Haynes led Kent State with 116 tackles. Haynes missed the 1989 season with a knee injury, before earning All-MAC accolades as a junior and senior. For his career, Haynes amassed 440 tackles, ranking seventh in Kent State history.

As a multiple sport standout at St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Haynes was a three-year letterwinner in football, leading the team to the 1985 state championship. Haynes was also a four-year letterman in track and field and a two-year letterman in basketball, helping the Stallions to the OHSAA state tournament.

Haynes and his wife, Danita, have three children, two daughters, Jordyn and Kennedy Rose, and one son, Tarron.

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); defensive backs coach at Michigan State (2003-04); defensive backs coach (2005-10) and co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach at Ohio State (2011); defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Arkansas (2012); head coach at Kent State (2013-17). 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; 2003 Alamo Bowl; 2006 Fiesta Bowl; 2007 BCS National Championship Game; 2008 BCS National Championship Game; 2009 Fiesta Bowl; 2010 Rose Bowl; 2011 Sugar Bowl; 2012 Gator Bowl.

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