On Sunday, it was announced that former Ohio State men’s basketball assistant coach Jeff Boals is heading back to the Buckeye State, just a few hours south of Columbus. Having been the head coach at Stony Brook for three seasons, Boals will officially be taking over the basketball program at his alma mater, Ohio University.
We are thrilled to announce that former team captain Jeff Boals will be the 19th head coach in the history of our program!— OhioMen'sBasketball (@OhioMBasketball) March 17, 2019
Welcome home, Coach Boals!#BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/utIb9IXqRF
Boals played his collegiate basketball in Athens at Ohio from 1991-95, and then was an assistant with the Bobcats the following season. From there, he had stops at Marshall, Robert Morris, Akron, and others before joining Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio State in 2009.
In 2016, Boals took his first collegiate head coaching job at Stony Brook, which he led to a 55-41 (57.3%) record in three seasons, including two second-place finishes in the America East Conference. In the 2018-19 season, the Seawolves have a 24-8 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in conference.
A native of Magnolia, Ohio, we want to welcome Coach Boals back to the great state of Ohio, and look forward to the day when Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes take on Boals’ Bobcats in the National Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament.