Keenan Bailey

Keenan Bailey - Football - Ohio State Buckeyes

position Tight Ends Coach

Keenan Bailey, now in his eighth season on the Ohio State football staff, is in his first season as Ohio State’s tight ends coach. He was previously 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.

Bailey worked closely with Kevin Wilson this past season helping to develop the Ohio State tight ends.

“Keenan is an excellent coach,” Day said in December when initially sharing the news of his promotion. “He’s a really sharp young man who’s going to do unbelievable things in his career. And the relationships he’s built over time with former players, current players, recruits and family has been excellent. He’s got a very bright future ahead of him.”

In 2021 Bailey was named to 247Sports’ 30 Under 30 list. He earned his Master’s degree in 2018 from Ohio State in sports management. He has been 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.

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.