Ohio State football: Kevin Wilson will return as offensive coordinator

Bill Rabinowitz
Kevin Wilson's return as Ohio State's offensive coordinator was made official Wednesday. [Adam Cairns]

Ohio State formally announced its football coaching staff Wednesday, with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson the only coach who hadn’t been previously confirmed to be on the staff.

Wilson, who also coaches tight ends, had been expected to be back. He will work with passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich under head coach Ryan Day.

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Running backs coach Tony Alford, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and wide receivers coach Brian Hartline all return after coaching units on Ohio State’s prolific 2018 offense. The Buckeyes averaged 42.4 points and were second nationally in yards per game (535.6).

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Except for defensive line coach Larry Johnson, the defensive coaches are new to Ohio State after a season in which the Buckeyes struggled on defense, particularly in preventing big plays.

Day poached co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington from Michigan.

Jeff Hafley was hired from the San Francisco 49ers to be co-coordinator and secondary coach. Matt Barnes, formerly at Maryland, will be the assistant secondary coach and special teams coordinator.

Two of the returning assistants got loftier job titles. Alford is now also assistant head coach for offense. Johnson added associate head coach to his title.

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“I am really excited with this foundation of coaches who will mentor, coach and prepare in all areas the young men in our program,” Day said in a statement. “I am obviously very comfortable with the coaches who have been here and helped us win consecutive Big Ten championships and bowl games, and I am thrilled they want to continue to help this program pursue championships and achievements.

“I am also confident the new assistant coaches will make an immediate impact on this program. I’m really looking forward to working with this staff these next couple months shaping the program and developing our players for the 2019 season.”


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