Brian Hartline


position Wide Receivers Coach

Hometown North Canton, Ohio

Alma Mater Ohio State, '09

Brian Hartline, who coached a receiver unit in 2018 to Ohio State single season records for receptions, yards and touchdowns, was elevated to full-time wide receiver’s coach by Ohio State coach Ryan Day in December. Hartline had coached receivers in an interim capacity this season.

Hartline has completed two seasons coaching with the Buckeyes. He was a quality control coach for the team throughout 2017 and then was named interim receivers coach in July of 2018. Hartline is a 2009 Ohio State University 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.

“Brian is a terrific young coach and mentor to our players and I am thrilled he is on our staff fulltime now,” Day said. “Brian was displaying outstanding leadership qualities when he was a quality control coach, and his efforts coaching the wide receivers this season are a huge reason we are Big Ten champions and headed to the Rose Bowl.”

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 receiver unit caught 310 passes this season for 4,429 yards and 45 touchdowns … totals that alone break the school single season marks of 287 receptions (set in 2017), 3,707 yards (2014) and 42 touchdowns (2014).

This year’s wide receiver room also became the first in school history to have four players with at least 1,000 career receiving yards. Campbell finished with 1,768 career receiving yards, Hill has 1,642, McLaurin had 1,251 and Dixon had 1,146.

Hartline joined the Ohio State staff in early 2017 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 a young son, Brayden.

Brian Hartline Quick Facts
Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
High School: GlenOak
Alma Mater: Ohio State, 2009
Degree: Communication
Year in Coaching: 3rd (3rd at Ohio State)
Wife: Kara
Children: Son, Brayden

Brian Hartline Coaching History

2019-pres.Wide ReceiversOhio State
2018Wide ReceiversOhio State
2017Quality Control Coach Ohio State