The Heidelberg football program, rich with history and tradition had fallen on hard times. In the rigorous Ohio Athletic Conference, the team had struggled to find an identity.
The identity arrived when Mike Hallett was named the 33rd head coach of Heidelberg Football on December 16, 2006.
In the 2007 campaign, Hallett’s first, he was named OAC Coach of the Year and D3Football.com’s North Region Coach of the Year. His team snapped a 36-game losing streak and finished 4-6, highlighted by a win over a nationally ranked Baldwin Wallace team.
In 2008 and 2009, Hallett continued to recruit outstanding young men to Heidelberg, where they would finish 4-6 each season. During the 2008 season, Hallett was instrumental in making Mayer Field, in the heart of the campus, the venue for home football games. After playing the final two games of the 2008 season on campus, the Student Princes played their entire home schedule on campus in 2009, the first time that had happened in nearly 60 years.
After the 4-6 seasons on 2007-2009, Hallett piloted the 2010 team to a 5-5 record. This was the first time since 1997 that the team had finished at .500.
In 2011, Hallett would receive his second OAC Coach of the Year award. He guided the team to an 8-2 record, with four straight victories to end the year. The eight wins were the most since the 1993 team. Finishing 8-2 put The Berg into a tie for second place with Baldwin Wallace.
The 2012 season was one of the most memorable campaigns in the 100+ year history of Heidelberg football. Hallett’s squad finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and earned their first trip to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. Though the Student Princes dropped their first round game, the nation recognized his remarkable accomplishment -- Hallett had taken a team riding a 36-game losing streak to the playoffs in six seasons.
Hallett has over 20 years of coaching experience, including three (2004-06) as head coach at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Prior to taking the reins at Thomas More, Hallett served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Saints. His coaching career began as an assistant at his alma mater, Orrville High School.
Hallett is a 1994 graduate of Mount Union and was a member of the Purple Raiders’ 1993 National Championship team. He was a two time All-American, and was named National Defensive Lineman of the Year. He is enshrined in the Mount Union Athletics Hall of Fame.
Off the field, Hallett is active with Tiffin Little League Baseball and helps coordinate the School of Opportunity’s Celebrity Basketball Game. He resides in Tiffin with his wife, Sandy, and their sons, TC and Ryan.