Brian Hartline’s coaching career at Ohio State has been nothing short of a success and despite having other offers with other programs, the former Ohio State wide receiver has remained loyal to his alma mater. That loyalty is being rewarded with a new title in the coaching ranks.
The wide receivers coach will now have the title of passing game coordinator for the Buckeyes moving forward according to a release from Ryan Day and the team.
“Brian is a dedicated Ohio State Buckeye,” Day said via the statement. “He is the top wide receiver’s coach in college football and he has continued to develop as an offensive coach to the point where we want him to have more of an impact on our offensive game plan. His taking over as passing game coordinator will allow for this.”
The Buckeyes are coming off of a record-setting season where the team averaged 380.9 yards per game in the passing offense, good for third in the nation. Jaxon Smith-Njigba torched the Ohio State record books in 2021 with single season records in receptions (95) and receiving yards (1,606).
Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson combined for 135 receptions and close to 2000 yards along with 25 touchdowns.
The four-season marriage between the Buckeyes and Hartline have been successful not only in terms of the on-field product but also with recruiting. The Buckeyes have put together arguably the top receiver classes in many of those seasons including the incoming class of 2022 with Kyion Grayes, Caleb Burton, Kaleb Brown and Kojo Antwi.
Prior to joining the Buckeyes, Hartline had a successful seven-year career in the NFL where he played in 104 games with 73 starts producing 344 receptions for 4,766 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Hartline was named wide receiver coach of the year by FootballScoop.com after the 2021 season.
This move will likely put the rumors of the pursuit of Hartline to rest, for now.