Who is Todd Haley?
Todd Haley is an American football coach who currently serves as offensive coordinator for the Riverview High School team. Previously, he was offensive coordinator of the professional teams Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also served as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs as well as wide receivers coach for Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, to former NFL cornerback Dick Haley, Todd Haley studied at Upper St. Clair High School. He then attended University of Miami and University of Florida where he played in golf squads. In 1991, he earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of North Florida. As a youth, Haley served as a ball boy for the Pittsburgh Steelers where his father served as director of player personnel. He started his coaching career in 1995 when he was hired by the New York Jets. Known for his aggressive attitude and coaching skills, Haley continues to enjoy a successful yet controversial coaching career.
Childhood & Early Life
Todd Haley was born on 28 February 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to Dick Haley. His father is a former NFL cornerback and director of player personnel for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a youth, he served as a ball boy for the Steelers and attended many training camps of the team. He studied at Upper St. Clair High School. He then enrolled at University of Florida.
Haley also attended University of Miami. He then went on to attend University of North Florida from where he earned his bachelor's degree in communication in 1991.
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Todd Haley started his professional career in 1995 when he was hired as a scouting assistant by the New York Jets. Two years later, he became quality control coach for the team. From 1999 to 2000, he served as their wide receivers coach.
In 2001, Haley was hired as wide receivers coach by the professional American football team, Chicago Bears. He held this position until 2003.
Following his tenure with the Bears, he joined the Dallas Cowboys as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
In 2007, he joined Ken Whisenhunt's coaching team for the Arizona Cardinals. Under his coordination, the Cardinals became one of the explosive units in the 2008 league. The team created a franchise record of 427 points and ranked 4th in total offense, averaging 365.8 yards in every game. The Arizona Cardinals ranked sixth in the NFL and finished the season with a 9–7 record after winning the NFC West Division title.
In December 2008, after Kansas City Chiefs’ General Manager Carl Peterson resigned, Todd Haley was offered the head coaching position of the Chiefs. He accepted it in February 2009 and hired Gary Gibbs, Steve Hoffman, Joel Collier, Pat Perles, and Dedric Ward as his coaching staff.
In 2009, the Chiefs lost their first five games under Haley’s guidance. However, on October 18, 2009, the team won over the Washington Redskins by 14–6, bringing their first victory for Haley.
In November 2009, the Chiefs had two victories against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, marking their first two-game winning streak since 2007.
During Haley's second season, the team won their first three games and was the last undefeated team remaining in the NFL before losing in Week 5.
On January 9, 2011, they played against the Baltimore Ravens and lost the game with a score of 30–7. Then in October, they won at Monday Night Football and moved to the first place in the AFC West.
Haley was fired in December 2011, after leading the Chiefs to a 5–8 record during the 2011 NFL season.
On February 7, 2012, he joined the Steelers as their new offensive coordinator. He held the position until January 2018.
On January 22, 2018, he moved to the Cleveland Browns as the team’s offensive coordinator. His tenure was cut short when he was fired on October 29, 2018.
In February 2020, Haley joined Florida’s Riverview High School as the offensive coordinator for the school team, Riverview Rams.
Family & Personal Life
Todd Haley is married to Chrissy. The couple has five kids.
In 2006, the Haleys filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the popular restaurant chain McDonald's after they found a dead rat in their salad. The family had ordered a salad at a Southlake, Texas restaurant and had started to eat before they saw the rat. The case was eventually settled when McDonald's paid a confidential amount to the family.