Ryan Day names Matt Barnes as special team’s coordinator, assistant secondary coach

In this Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, photo, Ohio State's Ryan Day stands on the field before the team's game against Oklahoma in Columbus, Ohio. (Marvin Fong/The Plain Dealer via AP)
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Ohio State has announced Matt Barnes has been hired as the football program’s special team’s coordinator and assistant secondary coach by head coach Ryan Day.

Barnes spent the last three seasons at the University of Maryland. This past season, he served as linebacker coach and specials team’s coordinator.

“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”

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Barnes arrived at Maryland after spending 2015 as a defensive analyst at Michigan. From 2012 to 2014, he was a defensive and special team’s graduate assistant at Florida.

Barnes began his coaching career in 2009 as the running backs coach at Delaware Valley College, before moving on to West Virginia Wesleyan in 2010 as running backs coach.

Barnes is a 2008 graduate of Salisbury University.

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