Keenan Bailey

Keenan Bailey - Football - Ohio State Buckeyes
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position Senior Advisor to the Head Coach

Keenan Bailey, now in his seventh season on the Ohio State football staff, was promoted to the position of Senior Advisor to the Head Coach in February, 2022. Bailey had been a quality control coach on offense for the past three seasons, during which time he worked with Ohio State’s record-setting wide receiver and quarterback units.

In his position as senior advisor, Bailey will support head coach Ryan Day and the assistant football coaches with the analysis of team and opponent game performance. He will develop and maintain defensive analyses through the breakdown of practice, game, and opponent video. He’ll also record data and chart performances to assist coaches as they develop strategies.

Additionally, Bailey will assist coaches with the recruiting process by breaking down and assessing video of prospects and interacting with recruits and families. He will assist with the creation and organization of playbooks and video content, and with football camp administration.

In 2021 Bailey was named to 247Sports’ 30 Under 30 list, and he earned his Master’s degree in 2018 from Ohio State in sports management. He has been a part of four consecutive Big Ten Conference championship teams at Ohio State (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) and also victories in the 2022 and 2019 Rose Bowls, the 2020 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl and the 2018 Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State was a College Football Playoff semifinalist in 2016, 2019 and 2020.

Bailey first joined the Ohio State coaching staff in July of 2016 after spending two seasons at his alma mater, Notre Dame, working as a recruiting analyst for the Irish football program. He spent his first season with Ohio State as an offensive intern coaching the running backs before moving over to the wide receivers in 2017 and to the quarterbacks in 2019.

Bailey has his degree in American studies from Notre Dame. The native of Pompano Beach, Fla, spent his first year of college at the University of Missouri as an undergraduate assistant with the football program. The Tigers defeated Oklahoma to win the 2014 Cotton Bowl while Bailey was there.

Bailey is married to the former Paige Johnson, who is a native of Hudson, Ohio. The couple resides in Columbus.