May 25, 2006
The NCAA has selected Notre Dame offensive coordinator/running backs coach Michael Haywood to participate in the 2006 Expert Coaches Academy. The Expert Coaches Academy is set to take place on May 29-31, 2006 at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida.
The Expert Coaches Academy is an initiative of the NCAA to address the critical shortage of minority head coaches in college football, especially at the Division I level. The Expert Coaches Academy assists with career advancement, networking, and exposure.
Haywood will join 24 other minority coaches from Division I and Division II institutions from across the country for the three-day academy. Coaches will participate in workshops that focus on communication, fiscal responsibilities, compliance, staff and university management, and academics.
This season Haywood will again join head coach Charlie Weis in directing the Irish offensive attack. Last season he coached tailback Darius Walker as he surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark and set an Irish record for pass receptions by a back in a season. Along with Walker, he tutored tailback Travis Thomas who was one of the team’s most improved players and freshman fullback Asaph Schwapp as he developed into a key role player early in his Irish career.
Last season the American Football Coaches Association named Haywood the NCAA Division 1A Assistant Coach of the Year.