Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell has been hired as head coach at Miami (Ohio), returning to lead his alma mater.
The school made the announcement Friday and will officially introduce Treadwell at a news conference Jan. 10. Treadwell replaces Mike Haywood, who left to become head coach at Pittsburgh. The RedHawks had the best turnaround in college football this season, going from 1-11 in 2009 to 9-4 and MAC champions this season.
Treadwell is in Orlando preparing for the Capital One Bowl against Alabama. He will attend the GoDaddy.com Bowl between Miami and Middle Tennessee on Jan. 6.
"It's a dream come true to return to my alma mater, Miami, as head football coach," Treadwell said in a statement. "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."
Treadwell was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami from 1978-81, earning first-team All-MAC honors as a junior and captaining the team as a senior. He had 73 career receptions for 1,540 yards, averaging a school-record 21.1 yards per catch. He joins a dignified 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.
As coordinator at Michigan State, Treadwell made a huge impact this season when he served as acting head coach for two games while Mark Dantonio recovered from a heart attack.