Upper St. Clair native Todd Haley has been a successful offensive coordinator for a handful of NFL teams, including a six-year run with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Haley is once again in charge of a team’s offense, but it’s not in the NFL.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the 52-year old has accepted the job as offensive coordinator at Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida, where he currently resides.
Riverhead High School head coach Josh Smithers was looking for an offensive coordinator following the departure of Jared Clark and former St. Louis Rams player TJ Nutter suggested he talked to Haley.
“We were talking and he brought him up and I asked him, “You think he’d watch some film?,” Smithers told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. So he came over to Riverview late in the season and we watched some film.”
“We’re obviously excited that he wanted to join the staff and hoping we can learn a lot of football from him. He was just fired up, just to get out there and coach football again. He understands these are high school kids who go to school all day and you get them for a couple of hours versus people who do it for a job.”
“He told me that he’s excited just to each quarterbacks how to read coverages and receivers how to run better routes. And I think that’s where he’s going to be able to excel. His ability to understand defensive coverages and have an answer for everything.”
Haley’s last coaching position was with the Cleveland Browns and this is his first experience coaching high school football.
“At the end of the day, our kids will be on the field competing and it doesn’t really matter who’s calling it. If we don’t execute, it’s not going to matter.”
Haley’s NFL experience includes: NY Jets scout (1995-96), NY Jets WR coach (1997-2000), Chicago Bears WR Coach (2000-03), Dallas Cowboys WR coach (2004-06), Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator (2007-08), Kansas City Chiefs head coach (2009-11), Steelers offensive coordinator (2012-17), Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator (2018).