Ohio State hires Bill O’Brien as next offensive coordinator

Bill O'Brien

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has hired Bill O’Brien to work as the Buckeyes’ next offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, it was announced Friday.

O’Brien brings over 34 years of coaching experience to Ohio State, notably among the college and professional football ranks.

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“I am extremely pleased to be able to add Bill O’Brien to our coaching staff,” Day stated in a release. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge – and a tremendous amount of success – at both the NFL and collegiate levels. He is an excellent and experienced offensive coach who has run NFL and Power 5 programs and developed some truly elite players throughout his career. He’ll be an excellent teacher and recruiter for us, and he absolutely strengthens our staff.”

O’Brien was the offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick at the New England Patriots this season.

Before coaching in New England, O’Brien was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2021-22.

He’s also had a stint in the NFL with the Houston Texans, who he served as head coach from 2014-20.

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Prior to his time with the Texans, O’Brien was a head coach in the Big Ten Conference. He led Penn State in 2012-13 when he was named 2012 Paul “Bear” Bryant National Coach of the Year.

O’Brien also has coaching stops at Duke, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Brown.