Jan. 15, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has realigned his coaching staff to reflect the following: coach Ed Warinner will continue to coach during games from the press box and will also coach the team’s tight ends; Tim Hinton will transition into the senior level executive director for football relations/special assistant to coach Meyer position; and highly regarded Greg Studrawa has been hired to coach the team’s offensive linemen.
The goal was to enable Warinner to remain upstairs in the coaching booth after impressive offensive displays with Warinner and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck there in wins over Michigan and Notre Dame.
“Our offense was as good as it was all year with coach Warinner and coach Beck together in the box,” Meyer said. “So keeping those two in place during games is something I think our offense will benefit from as we move forward.”
Warinner, the first coach to be named FootballScoop’s offensive line coach of the year twice, was asked to move to the box late in the season – and able to – only because of the veteran status of this year’s offensive line. That will be much more difficult to pull off this coming season with only two of five starters returning on the line.
Enter Studrawa. He has been offensive line coach the past two seasons at Maryland and he spent the prior seven years on Les Miles’ LSU staff, winning a national championship and two Southeastern Conference titles while tutoring 10 all-conference performers along offensive lines that paved the way for four 1,000-yard rushers. He was offensive coordinator for two years at LSU, a position he also held for a total of nine years at Bowling Green and Wilmington (Ohio) College.
“I’ve known Greg for a long time, starting with my time at Bowling Green when he was my offensive line coach,” Meyer said. “I know how good of a coach he is. There aren’t many people I’d entrust our offensive line to after the job coach Warinner has done, but Greg is one of them and I’m pleased to have him join our staff.”
The staff adjustments and the addition of Studrawa, who has coached the offensive line for 24 of his 27 years in the business, became possible with Hinton’s transition from an on-field coach into this new senior position on the staff.
“Tim is an excellent coach and an outstanding person who I have a tremendous amount of respect for,” Meyer said. “I am grateful for everything he has done for us, and I see his value to this program even increasing as he becomes more of a resource and mentor for our current and future student-athletes. Plus, he’ll provide a needed strategy and analysis roll with the offensive coaches.”
Hinton’s work has been impressive: he coached Jeff Heuerman into the NFL and Nick Vannett to the Senior Bowl and on his way into the NFL, and he’s got Marcus Baugh prepped and ready to take over as the team’s top tight end. Now he’ll utilize his 34 years coaching in a position that will accentuate his relationship-building skills yet retain his football knowledge and presence in the offensive staff room.
New coach is a Buckeye
Studrawa is a Buckeye. He was born in Fostoria, attended St. Wendelin High School and played collegiately at Bowling Green between 1984-87. He graduated in 1987 with a degree in business. He has a 1985 Mid-American Conference championship on his playing days resume as well.
Studrawa has coached collegiately throughout the state: two years as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati (1989-90), six seasons at Wilmington College (1991-96), a year at Ohio State as a grad assistant under John Cooper (1997) and six years at Bowling Green (2001-06), including under Meyer in 2001-02.
He then moved on to the SEC and LSU, where he coached under Miles and was part of LSU’s greatest decade of football, including capturing the 2007 national championship and SEC titles in 2007 and 2011.
Studrawa was offensive line coach the past two seasons at Maryland. He and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters: Samantha, Katelin and Allison.