position Wide Receivers Coach
Hometown North Canton, Ohio
Alma Mater Ohio State, '09
Brian Hartline is a rising star in the coaching profession who is in his fourth season as wide receivers coach at Ohio State and in his fifth season, overall, coaching at his alma mater. In December 2019, he was honored by the American Football Coaches Association as one of its AFCA 35 Under 35 honorees, a prestigious program that identifies and develops “premier, future leaders” in the football coaching profession.
Hartline was a standout Ohio State receiver and is a 2009 Ohio State graduate who spent seven seasons in the National Football League with six years as a Miami Dolphin and his final season with the Cleveland Browns.
His experiences as a player are the foundation to his rise to quickly becoming a top wide receivers coach, despite only being in the coaching profession three prior years. The achievements of his players are testament to this fact.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, receivers Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson were each named first-team all-Big Ten Conference, marking just the second time in school history two receivers earned the honor in the same season.
Led by three fifth-year senior co-captains, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin, and including fourth-year junior K.J. Hill, Ohio State’s 2018 receiver unit caught 310 passes for 4,429 yards and 45 touchdowns … totals that alone broke the school single season marks of 287 receptions (set in 2017), 3,707 yards (2014) and 42 touchdowns (2014).
Outstanding play continued in 2019 for the Ohio State receivers. Hill went on to break the school career mark for receptions with 201 and also finished sixth in school history with 2,332 receiving yards. He leads a contingent of eight Buckeye receivers who have topped 1,000 career yards under Hartline: Hill (2,332), Chris Olave (1,775), Campbell (1,768), Bin Victor (1,340), McLaurin (1,251), Dixon (1,146), Garrett Wilson (1,155) and Austin Mack (1,050). Twice – in 2018 and 2019 – Ohio State has had at least four receivers on the team with more than 1,000 receiving yards.
Hartline joined the Ohio State staff in early 2017 as a quality control coach after a terrific playing career in the NFL with the Dolphins between 2009-14 and Browns (2015). He played in 104 games with 73 starts, and had 344 career receptions for 4,766 yards and 14 touchdowns. His best seasons came in 2012 and 2013, when he combined to catch 150 passes for 2,099 yards for the Dolphins. He caught 30 or more passes in each of his seven NFL seasons.
Among former Buckeye receivers who played in the NFL, Hartline ranks high statistically when comparing them: he is fifth among NFL Buckeyes in yards, per catch average (13.9) and games started; sixth in games played and receptions; and seventh in touchdowns.
Hartline played for the Scarlet and Gray from 2005 through 2008 and was a part of four Big Ten championship teams – meaning he’s been with six Ohio State teams and has won six Big Ten titles, including consecutive Big Ten championships in 2017 and 2018. He also played an integral role in Ohio State reaching consecutive BCS National Championship games in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he caught a career-best 52 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns. Hartline’s career numbers include 90 catches, 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hartline graduated from Ohio State in spring 2009 with his degree in communications. He and his wife, Kara, have two young children, a son, Brayden, and a daughter, Brooklyn.
Brian Hartline Quick Facts
Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
High School: GlenOak
Alma Mater: Ohio State, 2009
Year in Coaching: Fourth (Fourth at Ohio State)
Children: Son, Brayden; Daughter, Brooklyn
Brian Hartline Coaching History
|2019-pres.||Wide Receivers||Ohio State|
|2018||Interim Wide Receivers||Ohio State|
|2017||Quality Control Coach||Ohio State|