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Haywood named MAC Coach of the Year

Miami University’s Michael Haywood has been named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year and senior place-kicker Trevor Cook has been named to the All-MAC first team, the conference office announced today.

Haywood and his staff turned Miami’s football fortunes completely around in 2010, going from 1-11 in 2009 to an 8-4 overall record in 2010, including a first-place finish in the MAC’s East Division.

The 1-7 to 7-1 improvement in MAC play is the greatest single-season turnaround in the 64-year history of the conference.

Haywood becomes the first Miami coach to be named Coach of the Year since Terry Hoeppner in 2003. Bo Schembechler (1965), Bill Mallory (1973) and Dick Crum (1974) are other Miami coaches who’ve won that honor.

Cook has converted 16-of-21 field goal attempts, 18-of-19 PATs and leads the team in scoring with 66 points. Twice this season he earned MAC East Special Team Player of the Week honors. His most memorable moment was his game-winning field goal in the fog at Bowling Green as time expired.

Seven other RedHawks also were honored on Wednesday.

Quarterback Zac Dysert, offensive lineman Brandon Brooks, receivers Armand Robinson and Nick Harwell and defensive tackle Austin Brown were named to the All-MAC second team.

Offensive lineman Bob Gulley and punter Zac Murphy were third-team selections.

Miami faces Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Friday in the MAC Mid-American Championship Game at Detroit’s Ford Field. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

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