Mike Hoyt
Mike Hoyt
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 410-857-2582
Email: mhoyt@mcdaniel.edu
Previous College: Canisius '92

Hoyt was hired on Mar. 6, 2012 as the 24th head coach in the storied history of Green Terror football, returning for his fourth season at the helm in 2015.

Roaming the sidelines in 2012 for the first time as a head coach, Hoyt instilled his mark on the team – both on the field and off with his theme for the program, “Character Counts.”

Hoyt came to McDaniel after spending the previous eight seasons as the defensive coordinator at Albright, culminating with being a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2011.

The associate head coach and defensive backs coach for the Lions also served as the department’s director of strength and conditioning as well as the director of the alumni golf outing and summer team camps.

In his first season in Reading, his defense went from allowing an average of 235.4 yards per game to 175.1 yards per contest, helping to guide Albright to an ECAC South Atlantic championship.

His tenure as defensive coordinator was marked specifically by stout run defense, ranking in the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense in four of his last five seasons. His 2008 defense led the conference and ranked 33rd nationally, allowing just 16.9 points per games and appeared in the ECAC South Central Bowl.

The 2009 Lions advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals with a defense that was in the top 75 in Division III against the pass and 81st in total defense, allowing an average of 323.1 yards over the 13-game schedule.

While at Albright, Hoyt has been responsible for specifically recruiting Central Pennsylvania as well as Carroll and Frederick Counties in Maryland.

Prior to his latest stop, Hoyt spent five seasons at Centennial Conference-foe Franklin & Marshall, coaching various positions. He spent the 1998 season coaching the running backs before departing to return to the high school ranks for two years.

Hoyt spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as the head football coach at Solanco High School, where he served as a physical education teacher from 1997-2004.

He returned to the Diplomats staff for the 2001 campaign, coaching the linebackers in 2001 and 2002 before taking over the defensive backs in 2003.

After spending 1996 as the defensive line coach at Division II Millersville, he had his first stint with Solanco, serving as an assistant coach. He coached all areas of the linebackers as well as implemented a strength and conditioning program for the Mules football team.

Hoyt earned his bachelor of science in physical education from Canisius College in 1992 before starting his coaching career at Onondaga Central School in Nedrow, N.Y. He served as the defensive back and offensive line coach for the junior high program before moving on to Port Byron High School, where he coached all areas of running back and defensive back play, and coordinated and implemented a defensive system.

He returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant in 1994, spending the next two seasons as defensive line coach and assisted with the strength and conditioning program.

A certified physical education teacher in New York and Pennsylvania and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Hoyt received his master of science in physical education from Canisius in 1997.

Hoyt and his wife Katrina have three daughters, Britny, LiErin and McKenna.