Keith Heyward
    Keith Heyward

    Defensive Backs Coach/Pass Game Coordinator Defense

    Keith Heyward joined the USC staff in December of 2013 as the defensive backs coach and pass game coordinator.

    He was Washington's secondary coach the previous 2 seasons (2012-13). UW's pass defense in 2012 ranked 23rd nationally. He coached safety Sean Parker, who had 11 career interceptions. The Huskies played in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl and 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl (he did not coach in the Fight Hunger Bowl).

    Before Washington, he was the secondary coach for 4 seasons (2008-11) at Oregon State, his alma mater. He coached such future NFL players Brandon Hughes, Keenan Lewis, Brandon Hardin, Al Afalava, James Dockery and Suaesi Tuimaunei. The Beavers played in the 2008 Sun Bowl and 2009 Las Vegas Bowl.

    Before that, he was the linebackers coach at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007 after serving as a graduate assistant at Oregon State for 2 seasons (2005-06), working with the cornerbacks the first season and the next with the defensive line when the Beavers played in the Sun Bowl.

    Heyward, 34, was a 4-year (1997-2000) letterwinning cornerback for the Beavers, earning All-Pac-10 honorable mention as a senior when he played in the 2 bowls, including the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, and the all-star Hula Bowl. He started 35 consecutive games.

    He earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Oregon State in 2002.

    He played professionally for the BC Lions in the CFL (2001), the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe (2002) and the L.A. Avengers in the Arena League (2004).

    He prepped at Taft High in Woodland Hills (Calif.).

    He and his wife, Cameo, have a daughter, Kendyl, 1.


    FAMILY: Wife, Cameo; Daughter, Kendyl, 1

    HIGH SCHOOL: Taft HS, Woodland Hills, Calif.

    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, communications, Oregon State, 2002

    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Taft HS, Woodland Hills, Calif.

    Oregon State, cornerback, 1997-2000

    BC Lions, defensive back, 2001

    Scottish Claymores, defensive back, 2002

    Los Angeles Avengers, cornerback, 2004



    2005 Oregon State Graduate Assistant (Cornerbacks) --

    2006 Oregon State Graduate Assistant (Defensive Line) Sun

    2007 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Linebackers --

    2008 Oregon State Secondary Sun

    2009 Oregon State Secondary Las Vegas

    2010 Oregon State Secondary --

    2011 Oregon State Secondary --

    2012 Washington Secondary Las Vegas

    2013 Washington Secondary Fight Hunger*

    *Did not coach in bowl game

    NFL STARS: Brandon Hughes, Keenan Lewis, Al Afalava