Personnel changes at Ohio State continue early in this offseason, although that does not involve the arrival or departure of a coach. The Buckeyes announced on Sunday that the assistant coach Brian hartline is promoted to passing play coordinator in addition to his role as wide receivers coach.
As part of this promotion, Hartline will have increased responsibility with the attacking game plan going forward. He will work alongside the head coach Ryan day and offensive coordinator Kevin wilson, along with the rest of the offensive staff, to help formulate Scarlet and Gray’s offensive plan of attack each week.
“Brian is a dedicated Ohio State Buckeye,” Day said in a statement announcing the promotion. “He’s the top receiver coach in college football and he has continued to develop as an attacking coach to the point where we want him to have more of an impact on our attacking game plan. His assumption of responsibility as coordinator of the passing game will allow it. “
The promotion comes after four fantastic seasons for Hartline as coach of wide receivers Scarlet and Gray. The 35-year-old North Canton, Ohio native has established himself not only as one of the nation’s top receiver coaches, but also as one of the nation’s top scouts.
After playing for Ohio State from 2006-2009, Hartline had a seven-year NFL career, largely with the Miami Dolphins before ending up with the Cleveland Browns. He then returned to the Buckeye program in 2017 as an offensive quality control coach. Hartline stepped in as interim wide receivers coach ahead of the 2018 season when Zach smith was suspended and eventually fired, then returned to the role full-time in 2019.
During his time with the Buckeyes, Hartline helped produce people like Terry mclaurin, Parris campbell and Johnnie dixon for the NFL. Last season alone, the Scarlets and Grays had three large receivers – Chris Olave, Garrett wilson and Jaxon Smith-Njigba – named All-Americans by various outlets. Olave also set the program’s record for career touchdowns in 2021, while Smith-Njigba broke many marks, including the record for most receptions and receiving yards by an Ohio State player. in one season.
After the season, Hartline was named last week as the 2021 Wide Receivers Coach of the Year by Football Scoop.
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Because of his success, Hartline has been a popular name on the coaching carousel, with a number of NFL programs and teams interested in his services. He’s made it clear in the past that he’s happy at Ohio State, but Day clearly felt it was time to make sure Hartline wasn’t tempted by other teams by offering this promotion.