Sam McGrath

Sam McGrath - Football - Ohio State Buckeyes
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position Program Assistant - Defense

Sam McGrath joined the Buckeyes’ staff as a program assistant with the defense in 2022. He previously served for seven seasons on the coaching staff at Duke.

He worked most recently as the Blue Devils’ assistant coach of the linebackers after being elevated in January of 2021. Prior to that, he spent three seasons in a defensive quality control role, while also serving three years as a graduate assistant coach, working primarily with the linebackers.

A native of Longmeadow, Mass., McGrath previously worked at Wagner College (2014) as an outside linebackers/safeties coach, at Stevenson University (2013-14) as a graduate assistant coach and at Fairleigh Dickinson University (2012) as an outside linebackers coach and assistant special teams coordinator.

McGrath graduated from Brown in 2012 and earned a master’s degree from Stevenson in 2014. He earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Duke in 2017.

McGrath is married to former Duke diver Abby Johnston, who won a silver medal in the synchronized three-meter springboard competition at the 2012 London Olympics and participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics as an individual 3-meter diver. The couple have two daughters, Rosemary and Elaine.