In filling a hole on his Minnesota football coaching staff, P.J. Fleck turned to an assistant with recent Big Ten experience. And head-coaching experience on top of that for good measure.
The Minnesota football program announced Monday the hiring of Paul Haynes. Specifically, Haynes will serve as the Golden Gophers’ cornerbacks coach.
Haynes will replace Rod Chance, who left the Minnesota football program earlier this month to take the job as cornerbacks coach at Oregon.
The past two seasons, Haynes was the defensive backs coach at Michigan State in his second stint with the B1G school. For the five years prior to that, the 51-year-old Ohio native was the head coach at Kent State.
In those five seasons, the Golden Flashes compiled a record of 14-45 overall and 9-30 in MAC play. In November of 2017, Haynes was officially relieved of his duties.
In 2012, Haynes was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Arkansas. From 2005-11, Haynes was on the staff at Ohio State. After serving as defensive backs coach his first six seasons, Haynes was the Buckeyes’ co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011.
Haynes’ first stint at MSU came in 2003-04 as defensive backs coach. The year prior to that, he served in the same job at Louisville.
New Year’s Day, Minnesota football capped off a historic season with an Outback Bowl upset of Auburn. The 11 wins were the program’s most since they won 13 in 1904. Minnesota’s only other seasons with 10 or more wins came in 1900, 1903, 1905 and 2003.