Former Miami football standout Deland McCullough begins his first season as the RedHawks' running backs coach. Last year, McCullough served as an offensive and special teams intern, where he worked closely with All-Mid-American Conference wide receivers Armand Robinson and Nick Harwell. Additionally, McCullough worked with the special teams units and played a role in the success of all-conference placekicker Trevor Cook and punter Zac Murphy.
A three-time All-MAC selection (first team in 1992 and 1995, second team in 1994), McCullough ended his career as the Mid-American Conference and Miami record-holder for career rushing yards (4,368) and career rushing attempts (949). He was the first Miami player to lead the team in rushing four years, topping 1,000 yards three times. McCullough was also the first Miamian to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors (1992) and was later a finalist for the Doak Walker award as the nation's top running back. From 1996 through 2000, he played professional football for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles and also for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He was inducted into the Miami Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Following his playing career, McCullough returned to the Cincinnati area, where he worked in education at the high school level initially as a teacher, then head football coach, athletic director and principal. As a coach and athletic director, he was responsible for the placement of over 100 student-athletes into college on scholarships.
McCullough's family includes his wife, Darnell, and sons Deland Jr., Dasan and Daeh.