Miami Athletic Director David Sayler announced on Sunday afternoon that Don Treadwell has been “relieved of his duties” as the RedHawks’ football coach.
“I have decided to make a change in our football leadership now in hopes of seeing improved performance for the rest of the season,” Sayler said. “Miami University takes the interest of our student-athletes seriously and this decision is the result of the past nine months since I’ve been on the job.
“Don is a great man, nobody can disagree with that, but I felt a change was needed immediately in the direction of the program. That direction involves making our program relevant again and restoring pride that should accompany being the all-time winningest program in the MAC.”
Sayler also announced that offensive coordinator John Klacik has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.
An interim coach will be named “in the near future,” Sayler said.
Miami slipped to 0-5 this season and 8-21 in Treadwell’s 2-1/2 seasons as coach after losing to Central Michigan, 21-9, in the RedHawks Mid-American Conference opener on Saturday at Yager Stadium.
Treadwell, a Miami graduated and wide receiver from 1979 through 1981, was hired off of the Michigan State staff to replace Mike Haywood as the RedHawks coach after the 2010 season that ended with a MAC championship and victory over Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Haywood left Miami to be the University of Pittsburgh’s coach.
Treadwell’s son, Spencer, is a third-year sophomore running back for the RedHawks.
Miami finished with a 3-5 conference record in each of Treadwell’s two full seasons as coach.
The RedHawks are schedule to play at Massachusetts in a conference game on Saturday at 3 p.m.