Treadwell set to coach at East Lansing

Former Michigan State offensive guard hangs up his cleats, ready for first coaching opportunity with his alma mater, East Lansing High School

With his career at Michigan State complete, Blake Treadwell won’t be too far away this fall.

The former Spartans offensive lineman will be coaching at East Lansing High School after hanging up his cleats this summer.

”In June, I decided if football didn’t work out, I could always get into coaching,” he said. ”I approached Coach (Bill) Feraco, thinking I might want to help out and it went from there, then I made my decision to be done with football.”

Treadwell, who graduated from East Lansing before coming to Michigan State, capped his career with a Rose Bowl title as a captain in his senior season. He had a tryout with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted in the NFL Draft, but once that ended, he got to thinking about what was next.

”After going through that experience, I was kind of realizing that my playing days might have come to an end,” he said. “After going through the Raiders camp, I spent some time thinking and I decided to hang up the cleats.”

Having had postseason knee surgery to repair a meniscus injury suffered during the season factored into seeing his football days as behind him, but he especially thought back to last summer when deciding his next step.

“It goes back to last year when I worked the high school football camps at Michigan State,” he said. “I really enjoyed doing that and working with the high school kids.

”I told Coach (Jim) Bollman and Coach (Mark) Staten I was thinking about that after my football career was done.”

He did just that and having maintained his relationship with Feraco in the past few years, the opportunity quickly presented itself to work with the offensive and defensive line coaches. He has the perfect person to turn to in his father, former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, as he looks into pursuing a long-term coaching career.

“I always look to my dad as a mentor,” he said. “When I decided to hang up the cleats, we had a lot of talks about the X’s and O’s. You learn a lot playing at Michigan State, but it’s still a totally different game playing compared to coaching.”

If coaching is in his future for many years to come, there could come a day where he is on staff at another one of his alma maters, as well. At least, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio can see the potential.

”I think he’s very young right now and there’s always a progression, tut we would certainly entertain that aspect,” Dantonio said. “We’ve had a lot of graduate assistants that have played for us, whether at Cincinnati or Michigan State.

”I like hiring guys that have been through what we put our guys through. They understand the value of the hard work, they understand the disciplines of it, and they understand how to be fully engaged.”

But for now, Treadwell is content feeling things out and being back as a Trojan just down the road from the Michigan State campus.

“It’s special being an alumni and having played at East Lansing and played for Coach Feraco,” he said. “It is a blessing to be able to come back and help out.”

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