HOUSTON- Texas Southern University has introduced Michael Haywood as the next head coach of the Tigers football program. He was officially named TSU's 16th head football coach on Dec. 4, 2015.
Haywood has established himself as a coach with the ability to turnaround football programs as evident with the success he enjoyed at his last coaching stop Miami (Ohio). It took Haywood just two seasons to turn the Redhawks into a championship program.
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.
Prior to joining the Redhawks Haywood spent the four previous years as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (2005-08).
"We want to take the football program here at Texas Southern University to the next level, said Haywood. "I want our football program to be structured around student-athletes that display outstanding character, a strong work ethic, and are disciplined so that we can send the message around the country of what a magnificent program and University we have here."
TSU Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland said that Haywood's experience and success at five different Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools made him the obvious choice as the next leader of the Tigers program.
"When we started this process we did so with the thought in mind that we wanted to build a championship caliber program here at Texas Southern and build it the right way," said McClelland. "With that in mind we wanted to bring in the best possible head coach available and that happens to be none other than Mike Haywood."