Longtime member of Ohio State’s strength staff joins Jeff Hafley at Boston College

Joey Kaufman

Ohio State’s football program is losing its longest-tenured assistant strength and conditioning coach.

After six seasons with the Buckeyes, Phil Matusz has joined Boston College as its head strength and conditioning coach, the school announced Tuesday.

Matusz reunites with Jeff Hafley, the former defensive co-coordinator at Ohio State who was hired as the Eagles’ head coach last month.

In a statement, Hafley touted his experience alongside Matusz for the past year.

“Being able to work alongside Phil at Ohio State, I was able to see the positive impact he had on the development of our student-athletes and our football program,” Hafley said.

Matusz first joined Mickey Marotti’s strength and conditioning staff in 2014 and was promoted to associate director of strength and conditioning in 2017.

He was previously a head strength coach at Villanova, his alma mater, where he was a defensive lineman from 2005 through 2009.

In a similar move four years ago, Chris Ash, a former Ohio State defensive co-coordinator, brought assistant Kenny Parker to run his strength and conditioning program at Rutgers after he had been hired as the Scarlet Knights’ coach.


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