Jeff Hafley brings third Ohio State football staffer to Boston College

Joey Kaufman
Jeff Hafley speaks at a news conference where he was introduced as the football coach at Boston College. [Josh Reynolds/The Associated Press]

Matt Thurin, who spent five seasons as a defensive quality control coach at Ohio State, has been hired as the special teams coordinator at Boston College, the school announced Friday.

Thurin, 35, is the third person to leave the Buckeyes to join Jeff Hafley’s staff.

Hafley, the Eagles’ newly hired coach who was the defensive co-coordinator for the Buckeyes last season, also hired Phil Matusz as his head strength and conditioning coach and Sean Duggan as linebackers coach earlier this month.

For the past six seasons, Matusz had been an assistant strength coach for Ohio State, while Duggan was a graduate assistant for a year.

The hire of Thurin completed Hafley’s on-field coaching staff.

"Matt's knowledge of the game is as good as any coach I have been around at any level," Hafley said in a statement. "He is an outstanding teacher, and the student-athletes truly loved and respected him. He has a bright future and will be great fit to our staff and to Boston College."

As part of Ohio State’s support staff, Thurin worked with the safeties and special teams. He was previously the secondary coach and special teams coordinator at Columbia from 2012 through 2014 and a graduate assistant at Colorado and Akron before that.


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