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Don Treadwell '82 new head football coach at Miami


Don Treadwell, Miami '82, former Miami football captain and veteran offensive coordinator, has been named head football coach of the RedHawks, Brad Bates, director of intercollegiate athletics, announced Friday, Dec. 31.

Treadwell will be re-introduced to Miami fans and media at Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester at 5:45 p.m. Monday, January 10. It is anticipated Treadwell will attend the Bowl on Jan. 6 that matches the 9-4 RedHawks against Middle Tennessee State.

Bates says with Treadwell at the helm, Miami's defending Mid-American Conference champions will be in excellent hands heading into the future.

"Don Treadwell is a man of integrity, enthusiasm, passion, intellect, competitiveness, loyalty, love and honor - all the characteristics you expect from a Miami man," said Bates. "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 for Coach Tom Reed, was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami (1978-81), earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference 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 earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami in 1982.

Treadwell joins Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Tom Reed and Randy Walker in becoming the head coach at their alma mater.

"It's a dream come true to return to my alma mater, Miami, 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.

"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."

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