As expected, Grove City native Alex Grinch — defensive coordinator at Washington State — is being added to the Ohio State football coaching staff, coach Urban Meyer confirmed Monday.

The role and title for Grinch, 37, will be announced later, an Ohio State news release said, but he is expected to be added to the defensive side under coordinator Greg Schiano. The NCAA has allowed Football Bowl Subdivision teams to add a 10th full-time assistant starting Tuesday. Grinch likely will become the fifth assistant on the OSU defense, matching the five on the offensive side.

“I am pleased to announce the addition of Alex Grinch to our coaching staff,” Meyer said in the release. “I am very impressed with his body of work while at Washington State, as many others were, and am happy he chose to come home to Ohio to become a part of our Buckeye coaching staff.”

Though Washington State long has had a reputation for producing prolific offenses, especially the past several seasons under coach Mike Leach, Grinch upgraded the Cougars’ defense, especially this season. WSU was 16th in total defense (323.3-yard average) in the nation, including No. 7 in pass defense efficiency, and 47th against the run.

Leach indicated to a year ago that one of the attractions in hiring Grinch was his aggressive approach defensively. A 2002 graduate of Mount Union College and a nephew of former Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, Grinch had been an assistant coach first at New Hampshire and then at Missouri under Pinkel before Leach hired him as a first-time coordinator at WSU in 2015.

“The thing about Alex was that he had a plan,” Leach said then. “But what I liked most about him is that his philosophy was literally the defensive version of what ours is on offense. He’s got a game plan, a package, and you adjust your package around the problems that the other team presents and you don’t vary from it.”

This past season the Cougars’ “Speed D” defense was ninth in the nation in turnovers forced with 28, and No. 5 in fewest touchdown passes allowed (11).