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Michael Anthony Haywood (born February 26, 1964) is a former American college football player and coach. He previously served as the head football coach at Miami University of Ohio from 2009 to 2010 and Texas Southern University (TSU) from 2016 to 2018. He also served as an assistant coach at various other universities for 21 seasons. Haywood was initially hired as the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh in December 2010, but was fired from that position shortly thereafter following domestic violence charges that were ultimately dismissed. Haywood played college football at the University of Notre Dame as a wide receiver and defensive back from 1984 to 1986.

Mike Haywood
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-26) February 26, 1964 (age 55)
Houston, Texas
Playing career
1984–1986Notre Dame
Position(s)Wide receiver, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988Minnesota (GA)
1989–1990Army (DB/DE/ST)
1991–1992Ohio (OLB/ST)
1993–1994Ball State (WR/RB/ST)
1995–2002LSU (RB/ST)
2003–2004Texas (RB/ST)
2005–2008Notre Dame (OC/RB)
2009–2010Miami (OH)
2016–2018Texas Southern
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA NCAA I-A Assistant Coach of the Year (2005)
MAC Coach of the Year (2010)


Early lifeEdit

Haywood was born in Houston, Texas. He attended St. Thomas High School in Houston and then the University of Notre Dame where he played as a wide receiver wearing jersey #1.

Early coaching careerEdit

Haywood served as an assistant at several college football programs, most notably under Nick Saban at LSU, under Mack Brown at Texas and under Charlie Weis at his alma mater Notre Dame. In December 2007, Haywood was considered one of the two leading candidates for the head coaching position at the University of Houston, alongside Jack Pardee.[1] However, the job eventually went to Kevin Sumlin.

Miami of OhioEdit

In December 2008, Haywood was named the head coach of the Miami RedHawks.[2] He replaced Shane Montgomery. After going 1–11 in his first season, Haywood led the Redhawks to an 8–4 record in his second season and a MAC East title. The Redhawks then emerged victorious in the 2010 MAC Championship Game against Northern Illinois University, winning by a final score of 26–21. He was named the 2010 Mid-American Conference football coach of the year.[3]

University of PittsburghEdit

On December 16, 2010, Haywood was offered and accepted the head football coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh.[4] However, Haywood was arrested in South Bend, Indiana on December 31, 2010, on felony domestic violence charges.[5] He was released on bond on January 1, 2011, and only hours later was fired by Pitt.[6] In February 2012, the domestic violence charges were dismissed after Haywood completed pre-trial diversion requirements, counseling, and public service.

Coaching interviewsEdit

Haywood interviewed for the Tulane head coaching position in November 2011.[7] However, the job went to Curtis Johnson.

Texas SouthernEdit

On December 3, 2015, Haywood was offered and accepted the head football coaching position at Texas Southern University[8] in Houston, Texas. He replaced Darrell Asberry who resigned after a 12–31 record in 4 years at TSU. Haywood resigned in 2018 after three years as the TSU Head Coach.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Miami RedHawks (Mid-American Conference) (2009–2010)
2009 Miami 1–11 1–7 7th (East)
2010 Miami 9–4 7–1 1st (East)*
Miami: 10–15 8–8 *Lance Guidry coached bowl game[9]
Texas Southern Tigers (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2016–2018)
2016 Texas Southern 4–7 4–5 4th (West)
2017 Texas Southern 2–9 2–6 4th (West)
2018 Texas Southern 2–9 1–6 T–4th (West)
Texas Southern: 8–25 7–17
Total: 18–40
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ Houston Chronicle: UH narrows coaching candidates to Pardee, Haywood
  2. ^ ESPN: Sources: Miami of Ohio to hire Mike Haywood as football coach
  3. ^ Conrad, Pete (2010-12-01). "Haywood named MAC Coach of the Year". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  4. ^ Associated Press (2010-12-16). "Pittsburgh hires Mike Haywood". Retrieved 2010-12-16.
  5. ^ "Mike Haywood Fired: Pittsburgh Football Coach Gone After Arrest". Huffington Post. January 1, 2011.
  6. ^ news services (2011-01-01). "Pitt fires Mike Haywood". Retrieved 2011-01-01.
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  8. ^ Associated Press (2015-12-03). "Mike Haywood Hired As New Texas Southern Head Football Coach". Retrieved 2015-12-04.
  9. ^ RedHawks' defensive backs coach will lead team in Bowl Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine

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