Haynes has spent the past two years at Michigan State as coach of the defensive backs. Prior to joining the Spartans' staff, he spent a year at Louisville in a similar capacity. He has coached, too, with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2001), Kent State (1999-2000), Northern Iowa (1997-98) and Ferris State (1995-96). He was assistant head coach at Kent State, which is alma mater.
"Coming home like this is a dream come true for me," said Haynes. "From the day I began coaching, it was always a goal of mine to coach at Ohio State. To have the opportunity to work for Coach Tressel makes it even more special. If you grow up in the state of Ohio and are interested in coaching, you know the Tressel name. I have tremendous respect for him and am looking forward to being on his staff."
Added Haynes, who is a graduate of DeSales High School in Columbus, "I had an opportunity to both play and coach against Tressel-coached teams during my career. It will be nice to finally be on the same sideline."
Tressel believes Haynes is the perfect fit for his staff.
"Paul knows Ohio and also has recruited Georgia and Florida, so that made him a very attractive candidate," said the Ohio State coach. "Everyone we talked to had nothing but great things to say about him, and he is very impressive one-on-one. All of our coaches felt like he was going to fit in very nicely on our staff. And I know he is excited about the opportunity to come home."
Haynes graduated from DeSales in 1987. He walked on at Kent State the following fall and went on to play four years of varsity football. As a freshman safety, he led the team in interceptions with three. As a sophomore he was the team leader in tackles with 116. After sitting out the 1989 season with a knee injury, he was a starter in 1990 and '91 and wound up his career with 440 tackles, the seventh highest total in Kent State history and the fifth-best effort in NCAA annals by a defensive back. While at Kent State, Haynes played for three head coaches - Glen Mason, Dick Crum and Pete Cordelli.
Haynes began his coaching career at Bowling Green in 1994 as a graduate assistant. He moved to Ferris State the following year as coach of the defensive backs and spent two years in that capacity before moving on to Northern Iowa. After two years at Northern, where he coached the running backs and the secondary, he returned to his alma mater as secondary coach and assistant head coach. He left Kent following the 2000 season to become the quality control coach at Jacksonville. In 2002, he moved to Louisville, but was there just one year, accompanying John L. Smith to Michigan State in 2003.
"I am anxious to get started at Ohio State," said Haynes. "The first thing I want to do is get to know our returning players and start building relationships. That is the foundation of any good team."
Haynes and his wife, Danita has three children: Jordyn (10), Tarron (6) and Kennedy Rose (10 months)