Don Treadwell became the third coach – all in the past two weeks – to find himself out of a job after Miami (Ohio) decided to part ways.
The Redhawks lost 21-9 to Central Michigan on Saturday to fall to 0-5. Treadwell was fired Sunday.
“I have decided to make a change in our football leadership now in hopes of seeing improved performance for the rest of the season,” athletic director David Sayler said in a statement. “Miami University takes the interest of our student-athletes seriously and this decision is the result of the past nine months since I've been on the job.
“Don is a great man, nobody can disagree with that, but I felt a change was needed immediately in the direction of the program. That direction involves making our program relevant again and restoring pride that should accompany being the all-time winningest program in the MAC.”
Treadwell, who has been the Redhawks' coach since 2011, was 8-21 during his tenure. Offensive coordinator John Klacik also was fired.
Miami (OH) has been in a downward trend since a fantastic 2010 season. That year, coach Mike Haywood led the Redhawks to a 10-4 season, which o included a Mid-American Conference title and a win over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
However, Haywood left for Pitt (and ultimately found himself out of coaching after an off-filed incident) after the 2010 season and athletic director Brad Bates left for Boston College shortly afterward.
Quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Mike Bath will be the interim head coach. He’s been with the teams as either a player of coach for the last 10 years. And if the Redhawks are looking for a more permanent replacement, Haywood is still available.