HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State head football coach K.C. Keeler announced on Wednesday that Siddiq Haynes has been promoted to an assistant coaching position where he will focus primarily with the Bearkats' defensive tackles.

“Siddiq is a young man I've known for about 11 years and when I came to Sam Houston he is one of the guys I brought along with me because I was so impressed with his work ethic and his knowledge of the game for a young coach,” Keeler said. “His personality and how he deals with people is incredible. It's been very rewarding to see him grown the last three years and put himself into position to be hired as the full-time defensive line coach. The kids and staff are both very excited and it's rewarding when you can have the opportunity to promote one of your own.“

Haynes is going into his fourth year with the Sam Houston football program, spending the last three years in quality control, a role that covers numerous capacities. He played for Keeler at the University of Delaware as a defensive tackle from 2007 to 2011. He was a member of the Blue Hens' squads that earned berths in the FCS National Championship game in both 2007 and 2010.

“The grind of having to learn over the past three years in a quality control position has helped me appreciate joining the staff on a full-time basis,” Haynes said. “I've learned a lot over that time from the staff and it is exciting to be able to coach the position I played and to coach with some amazing coaches and amazing players.”

As a senior, he was an all-conference selection and was named as a team captain for the AllState AFCA Good Works team.

Following graduation, Haynes worked for two years as head of community outreach for the athletic marketing program at the University of Delaware.