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Don Treadwell (born June 10, 1960) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Michigan State University. Treadwell served as the head football coach at Miami University from 2011 to 2013 and as the offensive coordinator at Michigan State University from 2007 to 2010, where he also acted as interim head coach after Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack during the 2010 season.

Don Treadwell
Current position
TitleDefensive backs, special teams coach
TeamMichigan State
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1960-06-10) June 10, 1960 (age 59)
Playing career
1978–1981Miami (OH)
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1986–1991Youngstown State (OC)
1992–1993Miami (OH) (RB/WR)
1994Cincinnati (WR)
1995–1996Stanford (RB)
1997–1998Boston College (PGC)
1999NC State (RB)
2000–2002Michigan State (WR)
2003Ball State (OC/WR)
2004–2006Cincinnati (OC)
2007–2010Michigan State (OC)
2010Michigan State (interim HC)
2011–2013Miami (OH)
2014Kent State (RB)
2015–2017Kent State (OC/QB)
2018–presentMichigan State (DB/ST)
Head coaching record


Early life and playing careerEdit

Treadwell was born on June 10, 1960 and attended Oberlin High School where he played on the football team as a quarterback.[1] He attended college at Miami University, where he played on the football team as a starting wide receiver from 1978 to 1981.[1] He was named to the All-Mid-American Conference first team as a junior.[1] He graduated from Miami with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1982.[1]

Assistant coaching careerEdit

Treadwell began his coaching career at Youngstown State University under head coach Jim Tressel. From 1986–1991 he served different stints as offensive coordinator, quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs coach.[1] During his time at Youngstown, Treadwell coached alongside defensive coordinator Mark Dantonio, whom he would later work for at Cincinnati and Michigan State. He also held assistant coaching positions at Miami (Ohio), Stanford, Boston College, North Carolina State, a separate stint at Michigan State, and Ball State.[1] He returned to Michigan State University in 2007 to take over as offensive coordinator, and he employed a balanced attack.[1] After head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack on September 19, 2010, Treadwell filled in during the interim. He led Michigan State to victories over Northern Colorado and 11th-ranked Wisconsin.[1] After the win over the Badgers, named Treadwell the National Coordinator of the Week.[1] On January 22, 2018, Treadwell returned for a third stint at Michigan State University, this time as the defensive backs coach, special teams coordinator, and also as an offensive consultant.[2]

Head coaching careerEdit

On December 31, 2010, Miami University hired alumnus Treadwell as its head coach. He was fired on October 6, 2013.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami RedHawks (Mid-American Conference) (2011–2013)
2011 Miami 4–8 3–5 T–4th (East)
2012 Miami 4–8 3–5 T–4th (East)
2013 Miami 0–5 0–1
Miami: 8–21 6–11
Total: 8–21


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Player Bio: Don Treadwell, Michigan State University, retrieved January 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Michigan State's Don Treadwell named head football coach at Miami-Ohio,, December 31, 2010.