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Haley's training camp his first as Cheifs' new head coach

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By J. J. Mosher

University Communications

There's a new sheriff in town for the Kansas City Chiefs, and that man is Todd Haley.

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Haley joins the team for the 2009 season as the head coach and is very excited about the opportunity. After having great success as the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals in 2007 and 2008, and a trip to the Super Bowl last season, Haley was hired to help the struggling Chiefs.

For additional support in turning Kansas City back into a formidable football squad, Haley brought Maurice Carthon with him from the NFC Champion Cardinals team. Carthon was the running backs coach with Arizona but will be Haley's right hand man in Kansas City as the assistant head coach.

Haley has an impressive NFL resume that began in 1995 when he was a scouting assistant for the New York Jets. He spent five years with the Jets and moved his way up to offensive assistant/quality control coach in 1997-98, and then finally to wide receivers coach in 1999-00. After having success in New York, Haley helped three other NFL teams reach playoff berths: the Chicago Bears (wide receivers coach 2001-03), the Dallas Cowboys (passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach 2004-06), and the 2008 NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals (offensive coordinator 2007-08.)

Haley enters the 2009 football season as Kansas City's second youngest head coach in franchise history. At 42 years old he is young, passionate, and energetic. These attributes, combined with Haley's history of returning struggling teams to glory, could mean a very bright future for the Chiefs.

New General Manager Scott Pioli is very excited to work with Haley again, as the two were together in the late 1990's with the New York Jets. "One of Todd's unique qualifications is the fact that he's served with a number of different organizations, four in particular that have turned their franchises around," said Pioli in a story on kcchiefs.com. "We have a shared vision of what it takes to build a successful franchise in the National Football League. He will bring passion, dedication and energy to Kansas City, and I am confident that this is the beginning of a partnership that will serve the Chiefs well." Haley and Pioli helped the 1998 Jets reach the AFC Championship game after finishing 1-15 in 1996.

As the Chiefs anticipate their chance to rebound from a horrendous 2008 season, coaches, players and fans have to be excited about Haley's acquisition. Over the last three seasons under Head Coach Herm Edwards, Kansas City finished 9-7 (2006), 4-12 (2007), and a franchise worst 2-14 in 2008.

Born on Feb. 28, 1967 in Atlanta, Ga., Haley attended Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, where he was a multi-sport standout. He was a member of the golf squads at the University of Florida and the University of Miami and participated in the NCAA golf tournament during his time with the Gators. He earned a degree in communications from the University of North Florida in 1991, where he was also a member of the golf squad.

Haley and his wife, Chrissy, have four daughters: Taylor, Peyton, Kady, and Ella and one son, Richard Todd, Jr.

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