UND Staff

Mike Mickens

Cornerbacks Coach


Bio

THE MICKENS FILE

  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • College: Cincinnati (2011)
  • Wife: Jessica
  • Children: Millie

PLAYING CAREER

  • 2005-08 Cincinnati (Cornerback)
  • 2009 Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Calgary Stampeders

COACHING CAREER

  • 2011 Cincinnati Defensive Assistant
  • 2012 Indiana State Defensive Assistant
  • 2013 Idaho Cornerbacks
  • 2014-17 Bowling Green Cornerbacks
  • 2018-19 Cincinnati Cornerbacks

BOWLS PLAYED

  • 2006 International Bowl
  • 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl
  • 2008 Orange Bowl

BOWLS COACHED

  • 2011 Liberty Bowl
  • 2014 Camellia Bowl
  • 2015 GoDaddy Bowl
  • 2018 Military Bowl
  • 2019 Birmingham Bowl

PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Played for Brian Kelly at the University of Cincinnati where he became the school’s career leader in interceptions (14) and interception return yards (296)
  • Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2008, helping the Bearcats to an Orange Bowl berth

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • First season at Notre Dame in 2020, coaching cornerbacks
  • Reunited with head coach Brian Kelly, for whom Mickens was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection at Cincinnati
  • Comes to Notre Dame following two seasons coaching cornerbacks at his alma mater, where the Bearcats had back-to-back 11-win seasons, won two bowl games and the American Athletic Conference East Division Championship in 2019
  • The 2019 UC squad led the AAC in scoring defense for the second-straight season and ranked among the league’s top-three in rushing and total defense
  • Mentored Ahmad Gardner to Freshman All-America status and first-team all-conference honors
  • The 2018 edition of the Bearcats defense ranked among the top-15 nationally in rushing defense, scoring defense and total defense
  • Spent four years as the cornerbacks coach at Bowling Green
  • Helped the Falcons to a MAC championship in 2015, as BGSU was the only team in the conference with more interceptions (20) than TD passes allowed (19), contributing to a league-leading plus-12 turnover ratio
  • The 2014 seasons saw a pair of freshman corners combine for nine interceptions, including a school freshman record of five by Nick Johnson
  • Mickens began his coaching career at Idaho after serving as a defensive assistant at Cincinnati and Indiana State
  • Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2009 NFL Draft
  • Had stints with Tampa Bay and Cincinnati, as well as the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, before retiring due to injury
  • Career interceptions leader at Cincinnati (14), where he earned All-America honors from the FWAA and Playboy in 2008
  • Was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2008, as well as a first team All-BIG EAST selection
  • Dayton, Ohio, native graduated from Cincinnati with a bachelor’s in criminal justice in 2011

DYNAMIC DISCIPLES

CB Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati)

  • Freshman All-American cornerback at Cincinnati in 2019 with three interceptions and eight pass break-ups

CB Alfonso Mack (Bowling Green)

  • Had six interceptions and 58 tackles while leading BGSU to a MAC Championship
  • Eight tackles and an interception in MAC Championship game victory over Northern Illinois