position Quarterbacks Coach
Hometown Troy, Ala.
Corey Dennis is in his second 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 six seasons, including working the past two seasons 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 two seasons have been two of the most celebrated offensive campaigns in recent school history, with two Ohio State quarterbacks – Dwayne Haskins in 2018 and Justin Fields in 2019 – becoming Heisman Trophy finalists as well as Big Ten Quarterback and Player of the Year. The duo combined for 91 touchdown passes.
Ohio State has also produced back-to-back seasons with four receivers reaching at least 1,000 career receiving yards, including Parris Campbell, who set the single-season receptions record of 90 in 2018, and K.J. Hill, who broke the 21-year-old career receptions record this year with 203 career catches.
The 2020 season will be Dennis’ sixth on the Ohio State coaching staff. He previously worked as a graduate assistant coach on offense for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, working primarily with the Buckeye receivers, and as an intern in 2015. He has been a part of three consecutive Big Ten Conference championship teams at Ohio State and also victories in the 2019 Rose Bowl, the 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.
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: Seventh (Seventh at Ohio State)
Family: Wife Nicki; sons Troy and Gray