Ryan Day names Brian Hartline Ohio State's permanent wide receivers coach

Brian Hartline (Photo: Ohio State Buckeyes)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Brian Hartline has been elevated to permanent wide receivers coach by Ohio State head coach Ryan Day after serving in an interim capacity this season.

Hartline was a quality control coach for the team throughout 2017 and then was named interim receivers coach in July of this year.

A 2009 Ohio State University graduate, Hartline played seven seasons in the National Football League.

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“Brian is a terrific young coach and mentor to our players and I am thrilled he is on our staff permanently now,” Day, who takes over as Ohio State head coach Jan. 2, said. “Brian was displaying outstanding leadership qualities when he was a quality control coach, and his efforts coaching the wide receivers this season are a huge reason we are Big Ten champions and headed to the Rose Bowl.”

Ohio State’s receiver unit caught 291 passes this season for 4,211 yards and 43 touchdowns -- totals that alone break the school single-season marks of 287 receptions (set in 2017), 3,707 yards (2014) and 42 touchdowns (2014).

This year’s wide receiver room also became the first in school history to have four players with at least 1,000 career receiving yards. Entering the Rose Bowl, Campbell has 1,697 career receiving yards, Hill has 1,642, McLaurin has 1,219 and Dixon has 1,119.

Hartline played for the Scarlet and Gray from 2005 through 2008 and was a part of four Big Ten championship teams. He also played an integral role in Ohio State reaching consecutive BCS National Championship games in 2006 and 2007.

Hartline graduated from Ohio State in spring 2009 with his degree in communications. He and his wife, Kara, have a young son, Brayden.

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