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 is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.

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