Michael Haywood has been named head football coach at Texas Southern University. Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Charles McClelland made the announcement Friday.

Haywood most recently was the coach at Miami of Ohio but has worked in private business for the last five years. He doesn’t believe his time away from coaching will hurt him.

“I really don’t think it affects me at all,” Haywood said. “I’ve spent a significant amount of time consulting other universities and high schools in the area. At the same time I’ve done pregame and postgame shows for the University of Notre Dame. So I’ve been heavily involved in football over the last five years.”

Haywood orchestrated a major turnaround while at Miami of Ohio. In 2009 the team was 1-11 and 1-7 in Mid-American Conference play. The following season Haywood won MAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the team to an 11-1 record with an 8-1 mark in conference play.

Haywood worked as offensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2005-08 and has also served as an assistant at Texas and LSU in his career.