Michael Hazel enters his third year in the position of Director of Football Operations under James Franklin.
Previously, he served six years as Assistant Director of Football Operations during Bobby Johnson's coaching tenure on campus. Hazel also worked one year previously as a Vanderbilt defensive graduate assistant.
Hazel was a four-year letterwinner as a linebacker and special teams contributor for Elon University in North Carolina. During his collegiate playing days, Hazel helped Elon to a 28-16 record as the program transitioned to the I-AA level.
A native of Easley, S.C., Hazel was an eight-time member of the Elon Athletic Director's Honor Roll.
In 2001, he earned a bachelor's in corporate communications from Elon. In 2004, he earned an MBA from Elon. Hazel completed a master's in education from Vanderbilt in 2007.