Joe Haering enters his fourth season as SMU's assistant linebackers coach, having arrived on the Hilltop in 2009 after spending 12 seasons as a college scout with the Buffalo Bills.
In 2011, two of SMU's linebacking crew - Ja'Gared Davis and Taylor Reed - earned second-team All-C-USA Honors. The season was capped off with a BBVA Compass Bowl win that saw the Mustangs limit Pitt to just 10 rushing yards and a Bowl-record-low six points.
The 2010 season was an award-winning campaign for SMU's linebacking corps, with all four starters earning All-C-USA honors. Davis was a first-team selection, Youri Yenga was a second-team choice and Pete Fleps and Reed each garnered honorable mention accolades.
In Haering's first season on the Hilltop, Chase Kennemer earned All-Conference honors, as the senior notched 135 tackles, the most for an SMU player since 1995.
Prior to joining the Bills' scouting staff, Haering was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Falcons from 1994-96. Haering oversaw the Falcons' linebackers, and also served as defensive coordinator in 1995 when they earned a spot in the playoffs. His NFL coaching career began in 1978-79 with the New York Jets, where he served as the Linebackers/Special Teams coach.
After his first stint in the NFL, Haering became offensive coordinator for the CFL's Hamilton TigerCats in 1980, and helped lead them to an Eastern Division Championship. He coached in the USFL for all three years that it existed, starting in 1983 under Hall of Fame coach George Allen with the Chicago Blitz. He then moved to become defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Maulers in 1984, and was defensive coordinator for the Denver Gold in 1985. He later served as head coach for the Pittsburgh Gladiators and the Cincinnati Rockers of the Arena League.
Prior to his pro coaching career, he spent ten years at the college level, starting out as the Linebackers' coach at his alma mater, Bucknell. Over the next ten years he had stints at Kentucky, Boston University and Kent State.
Haering was an all-conference linebacker for Bucknell, and was a quarterback in high school. After graduating from Bucknell, he received a commission in the United States Army and served as a first lieutenant and company commander in Vietnam. Haering was inducted into the Western Chapter Of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in the spring of 2010.
Haering and his wife, Sandy, maintain homes in Dallas and Atlanta.