Michael Haywood

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Mike Haywood
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-26) February 26, 1964 (age 51)
Houston, Texas
Playing career
1984–1986 Notre Dame
Position(s) Wide receiver, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988 Minnesota (GA)
1989–1990 Army (DB/DE/ST)
1991–1992 Ohio (OLB/ST)
1993–1994 Ball State (WR/RB/ST)
1995–2002 LSU (RB/ST)
2003–2004 Texas (RB/ST)
2005–2008 Notre Dame (OC/RB)
2009–2010 Miami (OH)
Head coaching record
Overall 10–15
Accomplishments and honors
AFCA NCAA I-A Assistant Coach of the Year (2005)
MAC Coach of the Year (2010)

Michael Anthony "Mike" Haywood (born February 26, 1964) is a former American college football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Miami University from 2009 to 2010 and as an assistant coach at various other universities for 21 seasons. Haywood was 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.

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

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.


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]


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. He is now employed in Houston at an oil company but hopes to return to football someday.[7]

Coaching interviews[edit]

Haywood interviewed for the Tulane head coaching position in November 2011.[8] However, the job went to Curtis Johnson.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Miami RedHawks (Mid-American Conference) (2009–2010)
2009 Miami 1–11 1–7 7th (East)
2010 Miami 9–4 8–1 1st (East) GoDaddy.com*
Miami: 10–15 9–8 *Lance Guidry coached bowl game[9]
Total: 10–15
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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