COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Thad Matta introduced Jeff Boals as the new assistant coach of the Buckeyes at a press conference in Value City Arena Tuesday. Boals comes to Ohio State after most recently serving as the associate head men’s basketball coach at the University of Akron, where he has been a member of the coaching staff for three years. He replaces Archie Miller, who who left Ohio State for an assistant position at the University of Arizona.
“I’m obviously excited bringing Jeff on to the staff,” Matta said. “You also welcome new energy, a new person, new ideas. He is a guy I remember coaching against when I was at Miami, Ohio. I love the fact he was a tough rugged guy who would always get the job done.”
Boals said: “It’s a dream come true. Growing up in Ohio I wanted to play at Ohio State. My high school career ironically ended in St. John Arena in the North-South All-Star game. These last couple days driving in on 315 going past the Horseshoe and then to the Schott, you get chills doing it. It is really exciting to be here.”
Akron posted a 23-13 record (10-6 in the Mid-American Conference), won their first MAC tournament championship and made their second appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 1986
Over the previous two seasons, Boals aided the Zips in winning a MAC East Division title (2007), making consecutive appearances in the MAC tournament championship game (2007 and 2008) and advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (2008).