March 18, 2020

🎥 Buckeyes: Be Safe, Be Kind


As major announcements have come in the past week to quell the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state of Ohio and the nation, Gene Smith and others have shared messages of encouragement to those doing their part to stop this virus from spreading and words of support for health care workers on the front lines fighting this pandemic.

Gene Smith, Senior Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director

Nadine Muzerall, head coach of women’s ice hockey

Ryan Day, football head coach

Karen Dennis, director of track & field and cross country

Chris Holtmann, head coach of men’s basketball

Kevin Burch, head coach of men’s volleyball

Jen Flynn Oldenburg, head coach of women’s volleyball

Ty Tucker, director of tennis and men’s tennis head coach

Nick Myers, head coach of men’s lacrosse

Steve Rohlik, head coach of men’s ice hockey

Greg Beals, head baseball coach

Justin Sochor, head diving coach

Brian Maisonneuve, head coach of men’s soccer

Meredith Paulicivic, head coach of women’s gymnastics

Kate Sweeney, interim head coach of women’s rowing

Lori Walker-Hock, head coach of women’s soccer

Melissa Schaub, head coach of women’s tennis

Ben Schreiber, cheerleading head coach

Donald Anthony, Jr., fencing head coach

Emil Milev, pistol head coach

Holly Vargo-Brown, synchronized swimming head coach

Amy Bokker, women’s lacrosse head coach

The university launched a website with information about the coronavirus as well as an email account to which general questions about the coronavirus can be directed:

In general, practicing routine hygiene etiquette and maintaining a healthy immune system are the best ways to prevent the spread of infection:

  • Stay home when you are sick and keep a safe six-foot distance from others to prevent disease spread.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you sneeze or cough, and throw away your tissue after one use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water (20 seconds or longer) and use alcohol hand rub as a backup.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces.
  • Anyone who is seriously ill should seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.