Former Michigan football running back and coach finds a new head coaching job

Former Michigan football legend, Tyrone Wheatley, has found a new home coaching the game he loves.

On Thursday morning, Wayne State University announced it hired Wheatley as the school’s 20th head coach in program history.

The former Wolverine running back coached the Denver Broncos running back group this past season in the NFL. He went back to the NFL after a three-year stint as the head coach at Morgan State where he went 5-18.

“Throughout the interview process, (interim athletic director Erika) Mrs. Wallace showed that Wayne State was well prepared and very detailed in what they wanted in the football program and the direction of the athletic department,” Wheatley said in a released statement. “This made me really excited about the job. I am looking forward to coming home, as they always say there is no place like home. No matter where I have been, I’ve always tried to recruit the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit. I am pleased, honored, and blessed to be back home and to coach at Wayne State University.”


Wheatley has had coaching experience at Ohio Northern, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse, Buffalo Bills, Michigan (for two years), and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Now 51 years old, Wheatley starred at Michigan from 1991-1994. He was a three-time All-Big Ten award winner and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1992.

Wheatley had a 10-year NFL career after becoming a first-round selection by the New York Giants in 1995. He played four years with the Giants and six years with the Oakland Raiders.


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Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire