Wayne State names Tyrone Wheatley as head coach

Former University of Michigan RB Tyrone Wheatley is probably the greatest running back in Michigan High School Football history, and he is now returning to his hometown to become a college head coach. On Thursday morning, Wayne State University announced that Wheatley has been hired to be their next head coach. “I am looking forward to coming home — as they always say, there is no place like home,” Wheatley said in a press release put out by the Division II university. “No matter where I have been, I've always tried to recruit the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit.

Why it Matters

Wheatley, who is 51, is originally from Inkster, Michigan. After absolutely tearing up the state during his high school days at Dearborn Heights Robichaud H.S., Wheatley went on to have an outstanding career at the University of Michigan. He was eventually selected by the New York Giants in the 1st Round of the 1995 NFL Draft.

  • Played high school football at Dearborn Heights Robichaud
  • Played for the University of Michigan
  • Selected by New York Giants in 1st Round of 1995 NFL Draft

Tyrone Wheatley by the Numbers

Tyrone Wheatley Wayne State
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Wheatley absolutely ran wild in high school before eventually taking his talent to Ann Arbor to play for the Michigan Wolverines. After dominating the Big Ten, he was selected by the Giants, and he went on to play for a decade in the NFL.

  • Nine-time MHSAA State Champion (7 individuals in track and field, 1 team track and field, 1 team football)
  • 4,187 rushing yards at Michigan
  • 53 total TDs at Michigan
  • 4,962 rushing yards in the NFL
  • 47 total TDs in the NFL
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