Don Treadwell (Miami ’82) joined a dignified list of Miami graduates who ultimately became the head coach at their alma mater on Dec. 31, 2010 and enters his third season at the helm of the RedHawk football program.
In two years guiding Miami, Treadwell has had seven RedHawks earn a combined nine All-Mid-American Conference honors, including two-time First-Team All-MAC defensive back Dayonne Nunley. Under Treadwell, two RedHawks also have gone on to be selections in the National Football League Draft with offensive lineman Brandon Brooks being drafted by the Houston Texans in 2012 and quarterback Zac Dysert by the Denver Broncos in 2013.
Treadwell, who is 8-16 as a head coach, has conducted a passing offense at Miami that has annually ranked among league leaders. For the past two seasons, Miami has ranked among the top two in passing offense, leading the MAC in conference games in 2012. Last season, these numbers were spurred by the league’s top quarterback in passing average as well as the MAC leader in receptions and reception yards per game.
Boasting nearly three decades of coaching experience, Treadwell assumed the head coach position at Miami after a four-year stint as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Michigan State. He joined Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Tom Reed and Randy Walker among the list of Miami graduates to serve as head coach of the Red and White.
At Michigan State in his second stint with the Spartans, Treadwell engineered one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten. He was a nominee for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant coach, in part for his role in leading the day-to-day team activities during Coach Mark Dantonio's absence following Dantonio's heart attack Sept. 19, 2010. Without Dantonio in attendance, Treadwell, who normally coached in the booth, coached on the sidelines in MSU's wins over Northern Colorado and 11th-ranked Wisconsin. Treadwell also coached on the sideline in victories against Michigan and Illinois while Dantonio was in the press box.
The 28-year coaching veteran was Dantonio’s offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati from 2004-06 and served under Brady Hoke as offensive coordinator at Ball State in 2003.
During his first stint at Michigan State, from 2000-02, he tutored several top receivers, including Charles Rogers, the 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner and the No. 2 pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.
Treadwell went to Michigan State following one season at North Carolina State (1999) where he coached the running backs. He previously spent two years at Boston College (1997-98) where he served as the co-offensive coordinator while also working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.
Treadwell coached running backs under Tyrone Willingham at Stanford from 1995-96, directing a Cardinal rushing attack that racked up 1,819 yards in 1995 -- the ninth-best single-season total in school history.
His coaching credits also include one season as a wide receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994), a two-year stay with Miami (1992-93) -- serving under Randy Walker -- and a six-year stint at Youngstown State (1986-91). Treadwell spent all of those seasons under former YSU and Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Dantonio was YSU’s defensive coordinator from 1986-90, while Treadwell worked with the wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks during his time at Youngstown State. While serving as the offensive coordinator in 1991, he helped guide the Penguins to the NCAA I-AA National Championship.
Treadwell’s coaching resume also includes nine postseason bowl appearances.
Treadwell, who played for Coach Tom Reed, was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami (1978-81). He earned First-Team All-MAC honors as a junior and captained the team as a senior. With 73 career receptions for 1,540 yards, Treadwell averaged a school-record 21.1 yards per catch. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami in 1982. Born June 10, 1960, Treadwell graduated from Oberlin High School in 1978 where he played quarterback.
Married to the former Lola Pinskey of Fostoria, Ohio, Treadwell and his wife have three children: Whittney, Blake and Spencer. Blake is a senior offensive lineman for Michigan State, while Spencer is currently a running back on Miami's football team.
THE TREADWELL FILE
Year School (Assignment ) Team's Ranking
1986 -- Youngstown State (Quarterbacks)
1987 -- Youngstown State (Receivers), NCAA I-AA Playoffs
1988 -- Youngstown State (Running Backs)
1989 -- Youngstown State (Running Backs), NCAA I-AA playoffs
1990 -- Youngstown State (Offensive Coordinator), NCAA I-AA playoffs
1991 -- Youngstown State (Offensive Coordinator), NCAA I-AA National Champions
1992 -- Miami University (Running Backs)
1993 -- Miami University (Receivers)
1994 -- Cincinnati (Receivers)
1995 -- Stanford (Running Backs), Liberty Bowl
1996 -- Stanford (Running Backs), Sun Bowl
1997 -- Boston College (Co-Offensive Coordinator)
1998 -- Boston College (Co-Offensive Coordinator)
1999 -- North Carolina State (Running Backs)
2000 -- Michigan State (Receivers), Florida Citrus Bowl
2001 -- Michigan State (Receivers), Silicon Valley Classic
2002 -- Michigan State (Receivers)
2003 -- Ball State (Offensive Coordinator/Receivers)
2004 -- Cincinnati (Offensive Coordinator), Fort Worth Bowl
2005 -- Cincinnati (Offensive Coordinator)
2006 -- Cincinnati (Offensive Coordinator)
2007 -- Michigan State (Offensive Coordinator), Champs Sports Bowl
2008 -- Michigan State (Offensive Coordinator), Capital One Bowl
2009 -- Michigan State (Offensive Coordinator), Valero Alamo Bowl
2010 -- Michigan State (Offensive Coordinator), Capital One Bowl
2011 -- Miami University (Head Coach)
2012 -- Miami University (Head Coach)
2013 -- Miami University (Head Coach)