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Coaching Staff

Don Treadwell
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

 Entering his 30th season of coaching and second at Kent State, Don Treadwell was promoted to offensive coordinator in January of 2015 and also serves as quarterbacks coach.  Treadwell joined the Golden Flashes just prior to the 2014 spring season as running backs coach.

Treadwell helped the development of running back Nick Holley in 2014, who converted from wide receiver.  Holley had a pair of 95-yard rushing performances in his final three games.  He and running back Anthony Meray each earned spots on the Academic All-MAC Team.

A veteran of the Mid-American Conference, Treadwell was the head coach at Miami University from 2011-2013.  He also served as a coordinator at five other Division I programs over 12 seasons.

Now in his 12th season in the MAC as either a coach or player, Treadwell’s coaching resume includes nine bowl appearances, four Division I-AA playoff appearances and a national championship.

In his first two years as Miami’s head coach, the RedHawks combined for nine All-Mid-American Conference honors and had two players selected in the NFL Draft (Brandon Brooks, Zac Dysert).  Miami also ranked among the top two in the MAC in passing offense, in his first two seasons.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Treadwell spent four years as the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Michigan State where he engineered one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten.

Nominated for the Broyles Award in 2010, given to the nation's top assistant coach, Treadwell led the day-to-day team activities during Coach Mark Dantonio's absence with an illness. Without Dantonio in attendance, Treadwell, who normally coached in the booth, coached on the sidelines in MSU's wins over Northern Colorado and No. 11 Wisconsin. He also coached on the sideline in victories against Michigan and Illinois while Dantonio was in the press box.

Treadwell was also Dantonio’s offensive coordinator at the University of Cincinnati from 2004-06 and served under Brady Hoke as offensive coordinator at Ball State in 2003.

During his first stint at Michigan State, from 2000-02, he tutored several top receivers, including Charles Rogers, the 2002 Biletnikoff Award winner and the No. 2 pick of the 2003 NFL Draft.

Treadwell went to Michigan State following one season at North Carolina State (1999) where he coached the running backs. He previously spent two years at Boston College (1997-98) where he served as the pass game coordinator while also working with the quarterbacks and wide receivers.

Treadwell coached running backs under Tyrone Willingham at Stanford from 1995-96, directing a Cardinal rushing attack that racked up 1,819 yards in 1995 -- the ninth-best single-season total in school history.

His coaching credits also include one season as a wide receivers coach at Cincinnati (1994), a two-year stay with Miami (1992-93) and a six-year stint at Youngstown State (1986-91). Treadwell spent all of those seasons under former YSU and Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Dantonio was YSU’s defensive coordinator from 1986-90, while Treadwell worked with the wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks during his time at Youngstown State. While serving as the offensive coordinator in 1991, he helped guide the Penguins to the NCAA I-AA National Championship.

Treadwell was a four-year starter at wide receiver at Miami (1978-81). He earned All-MAC First-Team honors as a junior and captained the team as a senior. With 73 career receptions for 1,540 yards, Treadwell averaged a school-record 21.1 yards per catch. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Miami in 1982. Born June 10, 1960, Treadwell graduated from Oberlin High School in 1978 where he played quarterback.

Married to the former Lola Pinskey of Fostoria, Ohio, Treadwell and his wife have three children: Whittney, Blake and Spencer. Whittney is a doctoral student at Michigan State.  Blake played offensive line at Michigan State, while Spencer was a running back at Miami.

Ben Needham
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers

Ben Needham enters his third season on the Kent State coaching staff.  He serves as both the recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach.

Last season, linebacker Matt Dellinger ranked 16th in the conference in tackles and was named to the Academic All-MAC Team.

In each of the past two years, Needham has spearheaded a recruiting effort that gives the Golden Flashes unprecedented depth at a number of positions.  In 2015, Kent State's recruiting class included players from 11 states.

Kent State's 2014 recruiting class included 11 all-state selections and nine players who competed in a state championship game.

Needham spent the 2012 season working as a defensive graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas.

Prior to Arkansas, he spent the 2010-2011 seasons at Ohio State University, as the team’s defensive quality control assistant and as the defensive graduate assistant.

Needham came to Ohio State following two seasons as the defensive line coach at Drake University.  From 2008-2009, he coached two all-conference performers as the Bulldogs ranked among the FCS Top 15 in total defense, rushing defense and scoring defense both seasons.

Needham began his coaching career at Wabash College as the defensive line coach in 2007.

A 2007 graduate of Ohio State, Needham served as an undergraduate intern from 2005-06 with the Buckeyes.  He played two seasons on the offensive line at DePauw University before earning his degree at Ohio State.

A native of West Lafayette, Ind., Needham played football at West Lafayette High School.

Dave McMichael
Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends

A 40-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Dave McMichael joined Kent State in March of 2011 as the team’s tight ends coach.  In February of 2012, he was promoted to special teams coordinator, while continuing his work with the tight ends.

Last season, Casey Pierce put together the most productive year by a Kent State tight end in program history, earning a spot in the Senior Bowl.  Pierce's 60 catches were the most by a tight end in KSU history.  His 641 receiving yards were the most by any Flashes' receiver since 2010.  The 2014 season also included an All-MAC First Team selection for punter Anthony Melchiori.

In 2013, Melchiori and kick returner Dri Archer gave the Golden Flashes two all-conference selections at special teams.  McMichael also played a role in a breakout season for Pierce, whose 33 catches were the most by a Kent State tight end since 1999.  Pierce led the Flashes with five touchdown grabs and totaled 364 receiving yards.

The Golden Flashes’ special teams excelled in 2012, ranking 12th in the nation in net punting and averaging one of the nation’s best field positions after kickoffs.  Dri Archer returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, while Freddy Cortez converted 19-of-25 field goal attempts, all 58 extra points, and 34 touchbacks on kickoffs.

McMichael, who has been on the sideline for 16 bowl games, spent the 2010 campaign at West Virginia. His second stint with the Mountaineers saw him serve as the tight ends coach and co-special teams coordinator. WVU earned a share of the BIG EAST title and advanced to the Champs Sports Bowl.

Sandwiched in-between his two tenures in Morgantown, McMichael spent nine years at Connecticut, first as the offensive tackles coach from 2001-04 before moving to tight ends coach. He also served as the Huskies' special teams coordinator from 2001-04.

In 2008, McMichael tutored tight end Martin Bedard, who was selected as the 14th overall pick by the Montreal Alouettes in the second round of the 2009 Canadian Football League Draft.

His time at UConn was marked by a dramatic rise in offensive totals, while the special teams steadily improved as the team's talent pool deepened. All-BIG EAST pick Ryan Krug developed into an NFL prospect under McMichael, anchoring an offensive line that yielded just 10 sacks in 2003, the third fewest in the nation. Tight end Dan Murray earned All-BIG EAST recognition in 2005.

Huskies’ tight end Steve Brouse caught 26 passes, four of which were for touchdowns in 2007, helping UConn to the 2007 BIG EAST Championship.

Prior to 2001, McMichael spent the previous 18 seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia under Hall of Fame head coach Don Nehlen. McMichael coached the offensive tackles and tight ends for his entire tenure at West Virginia, and the Mountaineers played in 11 bowl games and finished ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 six times. He was a coach for two WVU teams that played for the national championship (1988 and ‘93), finishing both campaigns with an 11-1 record.

McMichael has directly coached 11 NFL signees. He has had seven players who were drafted by NFL teams, including first round selections Brian Jozwiak (Kansas City, 1986) and Anthony Becht (New York Jets, 2000). He has recruited a total of 14 eventual NFL players, including 11 draftees. He has also worked with five All-America selections.

McMichael went to West Virginia after spending three seasons (1980-82) as defensive line coach at Southern Illinois. At SIU, McMichael helped develop and recruit a core of players that would go 10-1 en route to winning the 1983 Division I-AA Championship. He previously served three seasons (1977-79) as the offensive line coach at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio.

McMichael was a three-year letterwinner on the offensive line at Bowling Green for coach Don Nehlen. The Falcons went 19-10-1 over his final three seasons, including two of the school's biggest victories; wins over Purdue and Syracuse. He received his bachelor's degree in marketing research from Bowling Green in 1974 and his master's degree in physical education in ‘77.

McMichael is a native of Kettering, Ohio, and was inducted into the Fairmont (Ohio) High School Hall of Fame in 1999 as a charter member. He is married to the former Karen Alexander and the couple has a son, John David.

Jeff Burrow

Now in his fifth season, Jeff Burrow has served as Kent State’s safeties coach since March of 2011.  Burrow was a part of the Golden Flashes’ 2012 MAC East title run and the program’s first bowl appearance in 40 years.

Burrow has helped mentor Jordan Italiano, who earned Academic All-America First Team honors in 2014, becoming just the second football player in Kent State's history to be a two-time Academic All-American.  Italiano was also one of three Flashes' safeties to earn Academic All-MAC and MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete honors.  Included in that trio was sophomore Nate Holley, who earned All-MAC First Team honors and ranked third in the nation in tackles in 2014.  Holley and Italiano combined for an average of 21.2 tackles per game in 2014.

From 2011-2013, Burrow oversaw the development of Luke Wollet, who garnered All-Mid-American Conference honors in all three seasons.  During that time, Wollet made 10 interceptions. Following the 2014 NFL Draft, Wollet was invited to the New Orleans Saints’ minicamp.

In 2011, Kent State’s defense ranked first in the MAC for conference-only games in total defense, pass efficiency defense and red zone defense.  Also having success in 2011 under Burrow was freshman Calvin Tiggle, who finished third on the team in tackles despite missing two games. He was a part of a defense that ranked second in the MAC in points allowed.

Burrow spent the 2010 campaign as the secondary coach at Indiana State after serving the previous season as the assistant secondary coach at Marshall.

The Sylvester, Ga., native previously spent two years at Jacksonville State as the wide receivers coach. During his tenure with the Gamecocks, Burrow tutored all-conference standouts Taurean Rhetta and Maurice Dupree.

Burrow joined the Jacksonville State staff after spending two years as a defensive graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2005-06 under head coach Charlie Weiss. Prior to that, he served as a defensive graduate assistant at Minnesota under head coach Glen Mason in 2003 and 2004. In 2002, he coached defensive backs and served as the team's strength and conditioning coach at Greenville (Ill.) College.

As a player, Burrow was a two-year starter and a four-year letterman at cornerback for the University of Cincinnati from 1995-99 where he played for then head coach, and current Philadelphia Eagles' linebackers coach Rick Minter. During this period, Burrow was also coached by current Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin who served as defensive backs coach at Cincinnati from 1999 to 2000.

Following his collegiate career, Burrow signed as a free agent with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and played one season with the team (2000).

Burrow earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 1999 and a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He is married to the former Janea Coleman. The couple has two daughters, Jazmyne and Jaelyn.

Mark Spencer
Recruiting Coordinator / Running Backs

Mark Spencer joined Kent State’s staff in February of 2015, taking over the role of running backs coach.

Bringing Mid-American Conference experience to the Golden Flashes, Spencer was a member of the Miami University coaching staff from 2011-2013.  Spending time with wide receivers and running backs, Spencer worked closely with current Kent State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who was the RedHawks’ head coach.  

Most recently, Spencer spent the 2014 season working with wide receivers and defensive backs with the Columbus Crusaders, a program of high school students, who are home-schooled or attend a high school without a football team.

Spencer also coached wide receivers at Ohio Dominican University in 2010.

A veteran coach in the state of Ohio, Spencer spent two seasons at Youngstown State, working with running backs in 2008 and tight ends and tackles in 2009.

Also spending time on the defensive side of the ball, Spencer worked as a defensive backs coach at Iowa Wesleyan in 2007.

As a graduate assistant coach at Bluffton, Spencer coached the running backs in 2005 and the defensive line in 2006.

Spencer’s coaching career began as a quality coach for the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2004 under head coach Mark Dantonio.

Spencer’s MAC experience began as a player at Ohio from 1991-94.  He joined the program as a walk-on tailback and earned letters in 1993 and 1994. As a senior he was awarded a full scholarship.

A native of Columbus, Spencer was a team captain at Thomas Worthington High School in 1989. After graduation he remained with the program as running backs coach in 1990 before joining the Bobcats.

Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Ohio in 1995 and received a second bachelor’s degree in business administration from Franklin University in 1999. He picked up his master’s degree in business administration at Bluffton in 2007.

Mark and his wife Toya have a son, Langston.

Joe Tresey

Kent State announced the hiring of Joe Tresey as its cornerbacks coach on Feb. 27.  Tresey brought over 30 years of coaching experience, including two stops in the Mid-American Conference as a defensive coordinator.

"We're very pleased to have Coach Tresey with us," Head Coach Paul Haynes said.  "I've known him for a long time from working camps together.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and a ton of experience.  He has the same vision that we have in building men and he's nurtured a lot of young men over the years."

Since 1995, Tresey has served as a defensive coordinator at the college level for 15 seasons, most recently at Youngstown State.  He also called the defensive shots at UCLA, South Florida, Cincinnati, Central Michigan and Akron.

In 2012, Youngstown State ranked 11th in the FCS in total defense, while allowing just 95.5 rushing yards per game.  One year earlier, Tresey's defense helped UCLA advance to the PAC 12 Championship Game.  

In 2009, South Florida ranked 19th in the nation in scoring defense and won the International Bowl.  Two years earlier, Tresey oversaw a Cincinnati defense that led the nation in turnovers gained and interceptions, while ranking 13th in scoring defense.

Central Michigan won a MAC Championship and the Motor City Bowl in 2006 with Tresey serving as defensive coordinator.  

Tresey is also a veteran at the high school level and recently served as athletic director at Clear Fork.  His high school experience includes nine seasons as a head coach, including three years at Fredericktown, where he earned UPI Ohio Division IV Coach of the Year honors.

Bringing a wide array of experience, Tresey also coached defensive backs for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League in 2010.

A native of Warren, Ohio, Tresey graduated from JFK High School.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Ohio State in 1982 and master's degree from Ashland in 1997. 

Joe and his wife Patty have a son Patrick, who is the offensive quality control coach at Army West Point.

Doc Gamble
Wide Receivers

Doc Gamble enters his third season at Kent State University, serving as wide receivers coach.

In Gamble's first season with the Flashes (2013), Dri Archer earned All-MAC honors as a slot receiver.  Wideout Chris Humphrey doubled his output from the previous season, catching 51 passes for 613 yards and three touchdowns, the most yards by a Kent State receiver since 2010.

In 2014, Humphrey matched his 51 catches and topped his receiving yard total (635) in 11 games.  He was also named to the Academic All-MAC Team.  Sophomore receiver Ernest Calhoun had a breakout season with 33 catches for 319 yards, while redshirt freshman Kris White totaled 25 grabs for 270 yards.

Prior to Kent State, Gamble coached running backs, tight ends and served as the recruiting coordinator at Alcorn State University.  In 2012, the Braves doubled their win total (4) from the previous season.

Prior to Alcorn State, Gamble spent one season as an offensive assistant at the University of Cincinnati.  The Bearcats went 10-3 in 2011 and won a share of the BIG EAST title.

Gamble coached at his alma mater, Withrow High School from 2003-07 and 2009-10.  He posted a 53-19 record and a pair of playoff appearances.  He also served as the head football coach at Fairfield High School for one year in 2008.  During his time at Withrow and Fairfield, 120 of his student athletes went on to play college football at various levels.  In 2004 he received the Paul Brown Excellence in Coaching Award, while at Withrow.

Gamble began his coaching career as a student-assistant coaching quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1995.  He then returned to Withrow as an assistant coach for four seasons.

Returning to the college ranks in 2000, Gamble was an assistant at Mount St. Joseph for two seasons.  He was also a graduate assistant and linebackers coach at East Carolina in 2002.

While a student at Withrow, Gamble was the quarterback for three seasons, including one undefeated year.

He went on to play quarterback at North Dakota State College of Science and at the University of Tennessee at Martin.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health with a concentration in sports management.

Rob Zeitman
Offensive Line

Rob Zeitman became Kent State’s offensive line coach on Feb. 1, 2016.  Zeitman spent the previous four seasons as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Ferris State University.

In 2014 and 2015, Zeitman helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and undefeated regular seasons.  Behind a stout offensive line, quarterback Jason Vander Laan won a pair of Harlon Hill Trophies (Division II Heisman).

In 2015, guard Cody Dingeldey earned Academic All-America honors and three Bulldog linemen claimed All-GLIAC honors as Ferris State earned its first NCAA playoff win in 19 years.  In Zeitman’s four seasons, 12 offensive linemen earned all-conference accolades, while two claimed All-America honors.

Zeitman’s time at Ferris State came under Head Coach Tony Annese, who was a two-time GLIAC Coach of the Year and Super Region Four Coach of the Year in 2015. 

Prior to Ferris State, Zeitman served as head coach at Northview High School in Grand Rapids for five seasons.  He was also the head coach at Chippewa Valley High School for two seasons.  Zeitman’s time in Michigan began as an offensive coordinator for four years at Muskegon High School.

Zeitman’s high school coaching career began in 1995 at G. Holmes Braddock in Miami, Fla.

Zeitman attended the U.S. Naval Academy and George Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs.

Rob and his wife, Lori, have three children, Rebecca, Hannah and Elijah.

Colin Ferrell
Defensive Line

 Now in his fourth year on staff, Colin Ferrell was promoted to defensive line coach in January of 2016 after spending three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant.

In 2015, Ferrell helped the Flashes rank third in the Mid-American Conference in both total defense and pass defense and fourth in rushing defense.  As a grad assistant, Ferrell's main focus was with the defensive line, where Terence Waugh was named to the All-MAC First Team in 2015.

Prior to Kent State, Ferrell  spent four seasons as a high school coach, including three at The Hun School of Princeton in New Jersey.

A four-year letterwinner on the defensive line with the Golden Flashes from 2004-07, Ferrell was an All-Mid-American Conference First Team selection and team captain as a senior.  He then signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, playing throughout the 2008 preseason.

A native of Hamilton, N.J., Ferrell was an all-state defensive lineman at Steinert High School.

Dayne Brown
Director of Football Operations

Dayne Brown joined Kent State in February of 2016 as director of football operations.  A football veteran, Brown has been in a number of roles at both the college and high school levels.

Brown most recently served as director of recruiting and player development at Southern Miss from 2013-15.

Also bringing coaching experience, Brown spent two seasons as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.

Prior to returning to the college level, Brown spent three seasons as head football coach and head weightlifting coach at Harmony High School in Florida.  In  2009, Brown was named the Florida Athletic Coaches Association 4A Coach of the Year and the 2009 Orange Belt Conference Weightlifting Coach of the Year.

Brown worked as associate director of football operations at Northwestern during the 2007 season and 2008 signing class under Pat Fitzgerald.

Prior to Northwestern, Brown was the defensive coordinator at both Lake Howell High School and St. Cloud High School in Florida.  He also spent six seasons as head coach at Magoffin County High School in Kentucky.

A 1996 graduate of Morehead State University, Brown received his bachelor's degree in social sciences and a master's in educational leadership at Union College.

Dayne and his wife Gina, have a daughter, Hannah, who is a pharmacy student at the University of Florida.

Coty Burton
Defensive Graduate Assistant

 Bio Coming Soon!

Ross Bowsher
Director of Football Strength and Conditioning

Ross Bowsher joined Kent State’s staff in January of 2016 as director of football strength and conditioning.  Bowsher came to the Golden Flashes after two years as Arkansas Tech University’s strength and conditioning coach.

At Arkansas Tech, Bowsher implemented and oversaw the strength and conditioning efforts of 10 sports and nearly 300 student-athletes.  In 2015, Arkansas Tech's football squad finished 9-3, winning the Heart of Texas Bowl.  ATU ranked in the top 10 of Division II in rushing offense and top 25 in total defense and rushing defense, while 11 players earned all-conference honors.

Following one offseason in the weight room, 27 players surpassed the 300-pound mark in the hang clean.  Twenty-two players hit the 500-pound milestone in squats and 25 players put up 350 pounds on the bench press.

With eight years of experience at the Division I level, Bowsher worked at Purdue University from 2011-13.  He oversaw the sports performance programs of baseball and track & field, while assisting with football.  During his time as coordinator of strength and conditioning for offensive and defensive linemen, the Boilermakers made two bowl appearances.

Bowsher developed sports performance programs for five NFL Draft picks at Purdue: Ryan Russell (Cowboys), Kawann Short (Panthers), Dennis Kelly (Eagles), Kevin Pamphile (Buccaneers), Nick Mondex (Texans).  Purdue’s baseball team won a Big Ten championship, while three throwers won individual track & field conference titles.

Prior to Purdue, Bowsher was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Butler from 2006-11. In 2009, the Bulldog football team won the Pioneer Conference and the Gridiron Classic, while the men’s basketball team made two trips to the NCAA Final Four.

A former college baseball player and international power lifter, Bowsher was a 2005 IPA Junior Powerlifting world champion.  He placed second at the 2009 IPA U.S. Nationals.  His best performances include an 845-pound squat, a 545-pound bench press and a 705-pound deadlift.

Bowsher earned degrees from Vincennes University and the University of Indianapolis and completed a certification program at IUPUI.

Jeff Duckworth
Offensive Graduate Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Leigha Presley
Video Coordinator

Leigha Presley joined Kent State in February of 2016 as video coordinator.

Presley served as video coordinator at Savannah State during the 2015 season and assistant video coordinator at the University of Idaho in 2014.

A 2014 graduate of Arkansas State, Presley earned a bachelor’s degree in radio/television and worked as a student assistant on the Red Wolves’ video staff.

Stephanie Boyle
Administrative Secretary

Bio Coming Soon!