Ryan Day hires Jeff Hafley, Greg Mattison as co-defensive coordinators

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The Ohio State Buckeyes football team has announced the hiring of Jeff Hafley and Greg Mattison as co-defensive coordinators.

“I love the idea of having two coordinators on defense,” head coach Ryan Day said. “I like having a diversity of opinion, but even more I like the expertise and experience that Jeff has in the secondary coupled with the expertise that Greg brings to the front seven.

The two will join Larry Johnson, who has been promoted to associate head coach, on Day’s staff. Johnson is entering his sixth season with the program has the defensive line coach.

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“Larry’s experience at Ohio State will allow him to have a major role in the guidance and direction of this program,” Day said. “His promotion to associate head coach is well earned. Larry is a wonderful teacher and mentor, and his players always become a part of his family. I am thrilled that he will continue to be a part of this program.”

Additionally, Hafley will oversee the secondary. Specific position responsibilities for Mattison will be announced later.

Hafley has spent the past seven seasons in the NFL, most recently the last three season with the 49ers. Hafley worked with Day during the 2016 season in San Francisco.

Mattison has served 18 seasons as a defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator including two with the Baltimore Ravens. He has coached the past eight seasons at Michigan.

“Jeff is a rising star and highly regarded as one of the best secondary coaches in the country. His NFL knowledge coaching the secondary is only going to enhance and improve what has become a marquee area for the Buckeyes. Greg is a terrific coach. His experience as a coordinator and his knowledge of the Big Ten is extremely important to me.

“These are two outstanding coaches and they will provide stability, wisdom and a fundamental approach to everything they teach. They will add to our culture while proving to be excellent coaches and mentors for the young men in our program.”

The release from Ohio State did not mention the status of defensive coaches Greg Schiano, Bill Davis or Taver Johnson.

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