Joe Bolden

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position Quality Control Coach - Defense

No stranger to the Big Ten Conference or the state of Ohio, Joe Bolden joined the Ohio State coaching staff in 2020 as a quality control coach on defense.

Bolden was a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) and three-year starter at the University of Michigan where he played for Greg Mattison. He was a captain for the 2015 Wolverines and finished his career with 270 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2015. He graduated in 2015 with his degree in sports management.

A native of Cincinnati, Bolden attended Colerain High School where he earned first team All-Ohio honors.

Following his playing career, Bolden was a graduate assistant for one year at Michigan in 2016 before a brief stop at Florida Atlantic and then on to Washington State for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In 2019, he served as the special teams quality control analyst at Southern California.

Bolden and his wife, Kristen, reside in Columbus and have a son, Bodie, who was born in 2019. Bolden’s father, Dan, played football at Hanover College and coached at Colerain High School. He’s currently an assistant coach at Lakota West High School in Cincinnati.