Don Treadwell Named Head Football Coach at Miami
Former Miami Captain and MSU Offensive Coordinator becomes RedHawks' 34th head coach.
Dec. 31, 2010
Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell has been named the head football coach at Miami, the RedHawk Athletic Department announced Friday. Treadwell will be re-introduced to Miami fans and media at Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester on Jan. 10 at 5:45 p.m.
"It's a dream come true to return to my alma mater Miami as head football coach," said Treadwell, who has spent the past four seasons at Michigan State's offensive coordinator. "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."
"Don Treadwell will be an outstanding head coach - he comes from a great background of coaches and he's ready for this position," said Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. "He will serve his players well, not only as a coach but as someone they will look up to for the rest of their lives. To go back and do this at his alma mater makes it even more special to him. I know he's extremely excited for this next challenge in his life.
"We will miss Don and his family deeply here at Michigan State, and I will miss him personally, but this is his opportunity, his time. He did a phenomenal job stepping in while I was down, continuing to keep our system in place while showing incredible composure, which is one of his greatest attributes. So often, a team reflects its leader. At that point in time, leadership was thrust upon Don Treadwell. It was thrust upon our players, it was thrust upon all of our coaches, but in particular Coach Tread. They took on that persona of quiet confidence, assurance, and composure. You saw our team play like that, especially in the Wisconsin game, which was maybe our biggest win of the entire season. He was instrumental in helping us build a foundation with our program.
"Don's ready for this opportunity, and he will be tremendously successful. Miami has a great tradition, and by understanding that tradition, it will help him write the next chapter in the program's history."
"Even prior to this year, there was no question Don Treadwell was prepared for a head coaching job," said MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis. "In the unfortunate situation with Coach Dantonio, he just shined throughout that entire process, not only holding the team together but being the face to represent Michigan State football publicly. There's no doubt in my mind that he has both the football knowledge and the presence to bring a community together to make Miami's program continue to thrive and get better and better. He's been a head coach with us, and now he'll have his own program to run."
During his four years as Michigan State's offensive coordinator, Treadwell has put together one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten, featuring a balanced attack full of talented playmakers. Treadwell also served as the wide receivers coach. A 27-year coaching veteran, Treadwell has been an offensive coordinator at four schools, including three years on Coach Mark Dantonio's staff at Cincinnati (2004-06).
Treadwell'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.). Through the regular season, MSU's offense already 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 players on the offense received All-Big Ten recognition on the first team, second team or honorable mention.
Junior quarterback Kirk Cousins, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, finished the regular season among the Top 10 Spartan single-season leaders in completion percentage (68 percent - first), pass completions (216 - fourth), passing yards (2,705 - fourth) and touchdown passes (20 - tied for fourth).
The receiving corps is 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 are B.J. Cunningham and Mark Dell, who have combined for 3,889 yards, 270 receptions and 25 touchdown catches in their careers.
On the ground, MSU is led by sophomore Edwin Baker, a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the media. Baker became only the sixth sophomore in Spartan history to reach the 1,000-yard mark, gaining a team-best 1,187 yards rushing in the regular season to rank third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally.
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 Coach 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 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 Rivals.com. 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.
For Treadwell's complete bio, please click here.
"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 Miami Athletics Director Brad 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 will coach his last game with Michigan State in the 2011 Capital One Bowl against Alabama on Jan. 1. It is anticipated that Treadwell will attend the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Jan. 6 that matches the 9-4 RedHawks against Middle Tennessee State.