TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head football coach Curt Mallory announced the addition of Mike Bath to the Sycamores coaching staff on Monday afternoon.
Bath joins the Sycamores by way of Western Michigan University where he served as the running backs coach for the Broncos since 2019. Bath will take over the rein as Indiana State’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
“I’m excited to welcome Mike Bath to the Sycamore coaching staff this year,” Mallory said. “We’ve said it in the past, but we look for high character guys knowing they will be mentors for our players. I’ve known Mike in the past during our time together at Wyoming and I look forward to working with him again on the Sycamores sidelines.”
Bath served as the running backs coach for three seasons and helped paced the Broncos offense to new levels in the running game. Three Broncos earned All-Conference accolades during his tenure including LeVante Bellamy taking 2019 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year accolades and finishing among the 2019 Doak Walker semifinalists that season.
This past year, the Broncos running game featured a 1,000-yard rusher as Sean Tyler utilized 178 carries for 1,150 yards and nine touchdowns as Western Michigan’s offense averaged 215.92 yards per game on the ground on their way to an 8-5 record.
The unprecedented 2020 campaign saw the Broncos play just six MAC games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Bath’s running backs still proved an integral part of a WMU offense that ranked ninth nationally in scoring. La’Darius Jefferson paced the stable of running backs by earning second-team All-MAC honors after his 624 rushing yards (104.0 per game) ranked fourth in the league. Altogether, the WMU rushing attack ranked in the top four in the MAC in both total rushing yards (1,159) and touchdowns (14).
His first year in Kalamazoo was an undeniable success with senior LeVante Bellamy being named the Mid-American Conference Vern Smith Leadership Award as the league’s MVP, as well as the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Bellamy was one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Bath helped Bellamy finish an outstanding 2019 season leading the country in rushing touchdowns with 23. Bellamy also finished the year ranked third nationally in points per game (10.6), fourth in total touchdowns scored (23), fifth in total points scored (138) , ninth in rushing yards per game (113.2) and 10th in total rushing yards (1,472). At the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, Bellamy represented Western Michigan in the East-West Shrine Bowl and at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis from February 23 – March 2, 2020.
Bath arrived in Kalamazoo after five seasons at Wyoming (2014-18) and stints at Miami University (2004-09, 2011-13) and Ashland University (2009-10). Bath coached the Cowboy running backs, fullbacks and tight ends and was a co-special teams coordinator during his time in Laramie.
Over his time at Wyoming, Bath coached the 2017 National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist Drew Van Maanen, while helping the Cowboys score on 33-of-34 red zone opportunities. The Cowboys special teams were also among the nation’s best topping the country in kickoff returns and finishing in the top-30 in points returns.
Over his time at Wyoming, Bath had two players earn Doak Walker Award Watch List and postseason semifinalist recognition, including Cowboy career rushing leader Brian Hill. Hill earned Third Team All-American honors after recording 1,860 yards in the 2016 season and racked up 4,287 career rushing yards over his time with the Cowboys.
Prior to joining Wyoming, Bath served as the interim head coach at Miami (Ohio) in 2013. He was named interim head coach on October 6, 2013, and assumed offensive coordinator duties at that time after beginning the season coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers .
Bath had returned to Miami (Ohio) in 2011 to coach the wide receivers and tight ends. In 2012, he moved into the role of quarterbacks coach, and worked with Zac Dysert, who set program records for career total offense (12,678) and career passing yards (12,013).
Bath began his college coaching career in 2004 as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater. After serving as a graduate assistant in 2004 and 2005, he was named a full-time assistant in 2006 and coached the RedHawk tight ends for three seasons, from 2006-08. During his time as an assistant coach at Miami, the RedHawks captured three MAC East Division Championships (2004, 2005 & 2007) and made an Independence Bowl appearance in 2004.
In 2009 and 2010, Bath served as the offensive coordinator at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
A three-year starter at quarterback for Miami from 1998-2000, Bath compiled a record of 23-10 as a starter and led the RedHawks to the MAC East Division co-championship as a sophomore in 1998. That team posted a 10-1 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark. Among those 10 wins in 1998 was a 13-10 upset victory over No. 12 North Carolina and a 14-13 victory over Army. During Bath’s junior season, Miami upset Northwestern 28-3 at Evanston. As a senior, Bath helped the RedHawks win 33-30 at Vanderbilt. Bath was named his team’s co-MVP his senior season.
At the conclusion of his college playing career, Bath held program career records of 6,524 yards passing and 49 passing touchdowns.
He graduated from Miami with a double major in marketing and organizational behavior in 2001.
Bath and his wife, Tara, have four children, Colton, Savannah, Case and Cannon.
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