position Quarterbacks Coach
Hometown Troy, Ala.
Corey Dennis is in his third year as quarterbacks coach for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was promoted by Ohio State coach Ryan Day to quarterback coach in Jan. 2020, after serving two seasons as a senior quality control coach. Dennis has been on Ohio State’s staff the past seven seasons, including working the two seasons (2018, 2019) with Day and the quarterbacks, and the two prior seasons with wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and the Buckeyes’ receivers.
“Corey is a talented young coach and someone I’ve worked closely alongside for three seasons,” Day said in making the announcement. “He knows our system and he knows how we teach. I think he is going to allow us to develop some continuity in the quarterback room, and that’s important. I also believe that he is going to be an excellent recruiter for us.”
In August of 2021, Dennis was named to 247Sports 30Under30 list of rising young coaches. 247Sports national football writer Chris Hummer: “Dennis has done nothing but help produce and recruit stellar quarterbacks while at Ohio State. As an offensive assistant in 2018, Dennis worked closely with Dwayne Haskins. The last two years, (he) tutored All-American Justin Fields.”
Both quarterbacks were first-round NFL draft picks.
“Additionally, Dennis has helped the Buckeyes to major recruiting wins,” Hummer said. “Dennis led Ohio State’s recruitment of five-star quarterback Kyle McCord and most recently played a big part in the Buckeyes beating out Texas for Lone Star State product Quinn Ewers.”
Dennis was elevated to a senior quality control coach position with the football program in July 2018. In this new position, Dennis had increased off-field coaching responsibility in the areas of game planning, practice planning and daily organization with both the wide receiver and quarterback units.
These past three seasons have featured some of the most celebrated offensive campaigns in recent school history, with all three Ohio State quarterbacks during this time – Dwayne Haskins in 2018, Justin Fields in 2019 and C.J. Stroud in 2021 – becoming Heisman Trophy finalists as well as Big Ten Quarterback and Player of the Year. The trio combined for 135 touchdown passes during their Heisman Trophy finalist seasons.
The 2022 season will be Dennis’ eighth on the Ohio State coaching staff. He has been a part of four consecutive Big Ten Conference championship teams at Ohio State and also victories in the 2022 Rose Bowl, 2020 Fiesta Bowl, 2019 Rose Bowl, 2018 Cotton Bowl and the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
A high school team captain while at Charles Henderson High, Dennis was recruited to Georgia Tech as a wide receiver but ultimately ended up doing much more for coach Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets. He played receiver, played in the defensive secondary and was a key special team’s performer between 2011 and 2014. He finished his career by playing in all 54 games for Tech teams that won two ACC Coastal Division titles and played in four bowl games.
Dennis graduated from Georgia Tech in December of 2014 with his degree in business administration. He joined the Ohio State staff as an intern in time for the 2015 spring season. He has since earned his master’s degree in sports management from Ohio State, graduating in 2017.
Dennis and his wife, Nicki, also a Georgia Tech graduate and who was a four-year student-athlete with the school’s volleyball team, reside in Dublin, Ohio with their young sons, Troy and Gray, and daughter, Savannah.
Corey Dennis Quick Facts
Hometown: Troy, Ala.
High School: Charles Henderson
Alma Mater: Georgia Tech, 2014
Degree: Business Administration
Master’s: Ohio State (Sports Management)
Year in Coaching: Eighth (Eighth at Ohio State)
Family: Wife Nicki; sons Troy and Gray; daughter Savannah
Corey Dennis Coaching Assignments
2020-pres.: Quarterbacks – Ohio State
2018-19: Senior Quality Control – Offense Ohio State
2016-17: Graduate Assistant – Ohio State
2015: Offensive Intern – Ohio State
2022 – Rose Bowl (NY6), Ohio State
2021 – CFB National Championship Game
2020 – Sugar Bowl (CFB Semifinals), Ohio State
2019 – Fiesta Bowl (CFB Semifinals), Ohio State
2018 – Rose Bowl (NY6), Ohio State
2017 – Cotton Bowl (NY6), Ohio State
2016 – Fiesta Bowl (CFB Semifinals), Ohio State