Miami (Ohio) Athletics

OXFORD, Ohio – Don Treadwell is returning home to Miami University. The former Miami football captain and veteran offensive coordinator has been named head coach of the RedHawks, Director of Athletics Brad Bates announced Friday.

Treadwell will be introduced to Miami fans and media on Jan. 10, after attending the Bowl on Jan. 6 between the RedHawks and Middle Tennessee State.

“Don Treadwell is a man of integrity, enthusiasm, passion, intellect, competitiveness, loyalty, love and honor – all the characteristics you expect from a Miami Man,” Bates said. “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 at Miami under Tom Reed, was a four-year starter at wide receiver from 1978-81, earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a junior and served as a team captain 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. 

Treadwell joins a long 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 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," Treadwell said.

"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 a high-powered offense. He also led the day-to-day team activities during coach Mark Dantonio’s absence following a heart attack Sept. 19. Without Dantonio in attendance, Treadwell served as head coach 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. 

Under Treadwell, the Spartans ranked 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.) in 2010. They cracked the team's top 10 single-season lists for passing yards (2,854), total yards (4,880) and points (376).

Before joining the Spartans, Treadwell worked under Dantonio as Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator starting in 2004. Treadwell 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. 

Treadwell originally went to Michigan State following one season at North Carolina State, where he coached the running backs in 1999. He spent two years at Boston College as the co-offensive coordinator and coached running backs under Tyrone Willingham at Stanford from 1995-96. He also served one season as a wide receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994) and a two-year stay with Miami (1992-93) under Randy Walker. 

Treadwell spent 1986-91 at Youngstown State under former head coach Jim Tressel. He helped guide the Penguins to the 1991 NCAA I-AA national title.