Another former Ohio State player is stepping into the coaching world this offseason, and for the second time in two weeks, he’s a former offensive lineman. After the old Buckeye center Michael Brewer was hired by Eddie George train tight ends to Tennessee State, it was announced Monday that another former Scarlet and Gray center Jim Cordle will be the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Division III Ohio Northern.
Cordle was a four-star prospect and the nation’s seventh offensive guard coming out of Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Ohio. This class also included five-star prospects Alex Boonean offensive tackle, and Jamario O’Neala cornerback, as well as personalities such as Malcolm Jenkinswho is still in the NFL, James Laurinaitisa newly hired support staff member at Notre Dame, and Brian Hartlinewide receivers coach at Ohio State.
Playing for the Buckeyes for five seasons from 2005 to 2009, Cordle was a member of five consecutive Big Ten championship teams under the head coach. Jim Tressel. Cordle started his final three seasons for Scarlet and Grey, playing 41 games, 33 starts, at left tackle, left guard, cross and right tackle. He was a four-time All-Big Ten Academic Winner, Ohio State’s 2009 The National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award and a William V. Campbell Trophy semi-finalist his senior year.
Cordle was not selected in the 2010 NFL Draft and signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. He played four seasons in the NFL for the Giants, seeing action in 36 games and made seven starts on the offensive line. This included helping New York win Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.
After his stint in the NFL, Cordle turned to coaching, returning to Ohio State in 2015 to begin his career as a graduate assistant. Cordle worked with the Buckeyes offensive line, helping coach several NFL draft picks, including first-round picks Taylor Decker and Billy Pricethird-round pick Pat Elfleinfourth round Michael Jordanand the selections of the fifth round Jamarco Jones and Isaiah Prince.
Cordle then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Urbana University, including two as the team’s offensive coordinator. In 2019, Urbana’s offense averaged the most yards per carry in the program’s Division II era.
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Ahead of the 2020 season, Cordle was named the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Long Island University’s Division I program. He spent the last two seasons with the Sharks before moving to Northern Ohio this offseason. Last year, Ohio Northern went 4-6, averaging 34.3 points per game.