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REPORT: Former Kent State coach joining Iowa State staff

Oct 10, 2015; Toledo, OH, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes head coach Paul Haynes (left) shakes hands with Toledo Rockets head coach Matt Campbell (right) after the game at Glass Bowl. The Rockets won 38-7. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State has reportedly filled one of the two vacancies on its football coaching staff. According to Football Scoop, Matt Campbell has hired former Kent State head coach Paul Haynes in an unspecified role.

Haynes was fired following the 2017 season after compiling a 14-45 record in four seasons as the head coach of the Golden Flashes. His best season came with a 4-8 record in his first season in 2013.

Before Kent State, Haynes was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2012 and Ohio State in 2011. He spent five years as the Buckeyes’ defensive backs coach before taking the reigns of the defense.

Other stops in Haynes’ coaching career include Northern Iowa, Louisville, Michigan and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It seems likely Haynes has been hired to fill the 10th assistant coaching position the NCAA allowed programs to utilize earlier this week, which means the Cyclones are likely still looking for a running backs coach to fill the void left by Lou Ayeni departing the program for Northwestern.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.