Ohio State has announced that long-time running backs coach Tony Alford has been named OSU’s run game coordinator. He will remain the Buckeyes’ running backs coach but will be taking on some added responsibility in the offense. Alford will also continue serving as the assistant head coach for the offense.
“Tony has continually mentored and produced tough, reliable and productive running backs for the Buckeyes,” Ryan Day said in a University release. “He has a terrific understanding of how to get his student-athletes to perform at such a high rate of competitiveness, and I’m really pleased to promote him to run game coordinator.”
Alford has helped produce six 1,000-yard rushers in his seven seasons at Ohio State (Ezekiel Elliott – 2015; Mike Weber – 2016; JK Dobbins – 2017-19; TreVeyon Henderson – 2021). He has also coached OSU’s single-game rushing record holder Trey Sermon, who went for 331 yards in the 2020 Big Ten Championship Game against Northwestern.
Ohio State has had four true freshmen rush for 1,000 yards in school history and Alford has coached two of them (Dobbins, 2017 and Henderson, 2021).
Ohio State also announced on Tuesday the addition of Matt Guerrieri as senior advisor and analyst. Guerrieri has spent the last four seasons as Duke’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He coached with new Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles when Knowles was at Duke from 2010-2017 prior to leaving for Oklahoma State.
Guerrieri began his coaching career at Duke in 2012 as a graduate assistant before rising up the ranks.