Voice of the Buckeyes Paul Keels weighs in on Michigan Week
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: DeSales High School
College: Kent State University
Years in Coaching: 14
Children: Jordyn, Tarron, Kennedy Rose
|2005-Present||Defensive Backs||Ohio State University|
|2003-2004||Defensive Backs||Michigan State University|
|2002||Defensive Backs||University of Louisville|
|2001||Quality Control||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|1999-2000||Assistant Head Coach, Secondary||Kent State University|
|1997-1998||Running Backs, Secondary||University of Northern Iowa|
|1995-1996||Defensive Backs||Ferris State University|
|1994||Graduate Assistant||Bowling Green State University|
Paul Haynes is in his sixth season at Ohio State. A native of Columbus and a graduate of DeSales High School, Haynes is in charge of the Buckeyes' safeties.
Haynes walked on at Kent State University in the fall of 1987 and went on to play four years of football for the Golden Flashes. As a freshman, he led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he led the team with 116 tackles. After missing the 1989 campaign with a knee injury, he started his final two years and wound up his career as the seventh leading tackler in Kent State history with 440 stops. He played for three different head coaches at Kent - Glen Mason, Dick Crum and Pete Cordelli.
After coaching stops at Bowling Green, Ferris State, Northern Iowa, Kent State, Louisville, Michigan State and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, in the spring of 2005, Haynes eagerly accepted a position with Jim Tressel at Ohio State as coach of the Buckeyes' safeties. He and Taver Johnson were finalists for FootballScoop.com's 2009 defensive back coach of the year award.
Haynes received the Msgr. Berendt/Patrick Rossetti Alumni Award of Distinction from DeSales High School in May, 2009. Paul and his wife, Danita, who graduated from Florida A&M with an education degree, have three children: Jordyn, Tarron and Kennedy Rose.