position Quality Control Coach – Defense
Matt Thurin is in his fifth season with the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football program as a defensive quality control coach. He coaches the secondary. Thurin has been a part of back-to-back 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 native of Louisville, Ohio, Thurin attended Baldwin Wallace University where he played football and baseball before an injury ended his playing career. He played for Baldwin Wallace’s 2003 Division III playoff team and graduated in 2007 with a degree in early childhood education. He has a master’s in sports science and coaching from Akron (2009).
Thurin came to Columbus after working three seasons – 2012-14 – as secondary coach and special team’s coordinator at Columbia University. In 2011, Thurin was a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado, working along the offensive line and on special teams. Prior to that, he spent three seasons at Akron as a defensive graduate assistant working with the Zip linebackers and secondary. Thurin’s coaching career also includes a year at Walsh University.
Thurin is married to Elizabeth Tinto, from Chesapeake, Va. The couple has a young daughter, Adaline.