Brian Hartline went from quality control coach to offensive coordinator at Ohio State in less than five years.
A year after he was promoted to passing game coordinator, Hartlin has been promoted to offensive coordinator again, replacing Kevin Wilson as Ohio State’s top offensive assistant, sources confirm Eleven Warriors.
Ryan Day and Ohio State officially announced Hartline’s promotion Friday afternoon.
“Brian has been successful in every football activity he’s been involved in,” Day said at a news conference. “He’s progressed unbelievably from college to NFL receiver and then from quality control coach to wide receiver coach to passing game coordinator. He’s quick to fix things and he’s ready now Good transition to offensive coordinator.
“Bryan has also developed his receivers at an unprecedented level, and his recruiting ability is as good as anyone in the country, if not better. Now he will recruit for our entire offense, and I think it will be a great addition to our plan. It’s very positive.”
The promotion comes after Wilson left Ohio State to become Tulsa’s new head coach and kicks off the offensive coordinator title Wilson has held at Ohio State for the past six years.
It’s the latest step on the coaching ladder for Hartline, who began his coaching career at Ohio State in 2017 as a quality control coach. He became Ohio State’s interim wide receiver coach in 2018 before becoming full-time wide receiver coach in 2019. He was promoted to pass game coordinator last January after his former Ohio State teammate Marcus Freeman struggled to hire Hartlin to his team. Notre Dame de Paris. His most recent promotion came after he interviewed for the head coaching job in Cincinnati, but opted to stay with the Buckeyes instead.
Hartlin will continue to coach Ohio State’s wide receivers in his new role.
“I’m ready and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity,” Hartlin said. “Ohio State has established a top bar in terms of offensive output that we strive to reach every day. I want to thank Coach Day for his belief in me and the positions he has placed in me over the past few years to allow me to succeed and grow.”
Several Ohio State receivers, including Canel Tate, tweeted their approval of Hartlin’s promotion.
— Carnell Tate (@carnelltate_) January 13, 2023
Ohio State’s announcement did not specify whether Day would delegate game-calling duties to Hartlin, though Day told ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreet before the Peach Bowl that he was considering relinquishing game-calling duties.
With Hartline’s promotion, Ohio State’s offensive coaching staff is now ready for the 2023 season barring any unexpected departures or increases to the countable number of coaches college football teams are allowed to hire.
Keenan Bailey was promoted from the support staff to replace Wilson as tight end coach, while quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis, running backs coach Tony Alford and offensive line coach Justin Frye are expected to remain with the Buckeyes. Frye has been promoted to game coordinator, a title Alford held last season, while Alford still holds the title of offensive assistant head coach.