Ohio State promotes Brian Hartline to offensive coordinator

It took Brian Hartline less than five years to go from quality control coach to offensive coordinator at Ohio State.

A year after being promoted to passing game coordinator, Hartline was once again promoted to offensive coordinator, taking Kevin Wilson’s place as Ohio State’s top offensive assistant, sources confirmed to Eleven Warriors.

Ryan Day and Ohio State officially announced Hartline’s promotion Friday afternoon.

“Brian has been successful in every football role he’s been hired to do,” Day said in a press release. “He progressed incredibly well from college to NFL wide receiver to quality control coach to wide receivers coach to passing play coordinator. He picks things up quickly and he’s more than ready to move on to offensive coordinator now.

“Brian has also developed his receivers to an all-time high and he’s scouted as well or better than anyone in the country. Now he’s scouting for our entire offense and I think that’s going to be a really positive thing for our program.

The promotion comes after Wilson left Ohio State to become Tulsa’s new head coach, opening up the offensive coordinator title that Wilson has held at Ohio State for six years.

It’s the final step on the coaching ladder for Hartline, who began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2017 as a quality control coach. He became the acting wide receiver coach at Ohio State in 2018 and then became the full-time wide receiver coach in 2019. He was promoted to passing game coordinator last January after his former Ohio State teammate Marcus Freeman made an effort to hire Hartline on his team. Our Lady. His latest promotion comes after he interviewed for the head coaching job at Cincinnati, but ultimately opted to stay with the Buckeyes.

Hartline will continue to coach wide receivers at Ohio State in his new role.

“I’m ready and really looking forward to this opportunity,” Hartline said. “Ohio State has set a class-leading threshold for offensive production and that’s something we’ll strive to achieve every day. I would like to thank Coach Day for his confidence in me and for the positions he has given me over the past few years that have allowed me to succeed and grow.

Ohio State’s announcement does not specify whether Day will delegate play-calling responsibilities to Hartline, although Day told ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit ahead of the Peach Bowl that he was considering giving up his responsibilities. game call features.

With Hartline’s promotion, Ohio State’s offensive coaching staff is now ready for the 2023 season barring unexpected departures or an increase in the countable number of coaches college football teams are allowed to employ. .

Keenan Bailey has been promoted from the support staff to replace Wilson as tight ends coach while quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis, running backs coach Tony Alford and offensive line coach Justin Frye are expected to all stay with the Buckeyes. Frye was promoted to match coordinator, a title held by Alford last season, while Alford still holds the title of assistant head coach for the attack.

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