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Some Staff Adjustments For OSU Football

  • Some Promotions & Additions at the WHAC

    Haynes promoted to co-Defensive Coordinator; Tressel takes over special teams

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football coach Luke Fickell announced today a number of position modifications to the staff of the football program, including the promotion of safeties coach Paul Haynes to co-defensive coordinator and adding special teams coordinator responsibilities to running backs coach Dick Tressel.

    Two more key individuals within the football program received promotions: Amy Burgess is now the director of internal operations, and former program assistant Tom Dunlap has been named the team’s associate director of football operations.

    “Paul Haynes is an exceptional coach who has worked extremely hard for this football program,” Fickell said. “He deserves to take on a greater role with our defense alongside coordinator Jim Heacock.

    “And I felt it was important to get Doc [Tressel] more involved in all aspects of our special teams. He has so much experience, and he brings so much knowledge to the field every day, that I really wanted him to be responsible for coordinating our special teams efforts.”

    Haynes, who grew up in Columbus and graduated from DeSales, is in his 16th coaching season, including one year as a quality control coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The 2011 season is his seventh at Ohio State. He has coached on the defensive side of the ball during all 14 of his collegiate seasons. He was assistant head coach and secondary coach at his alma mater – Kent State – in 1999 and 2000.

    “I am honored that Luke has put me into this position,” Haynes said. “It really shows the trust he has in me. We’ve done so much together as a defensive staff and we work well together as a staff. I don’t see anything changing in that regard, and with Coach Vrabel joining our staff, I’m really looking forward to the start of this season.”

    Tressel, who won 124 games in 23 seasons as head coach at Hamline University in Minnesota, is in his eighth year as Ohio State’s running backs coach and his 35th season as a collegiate coach. He also has 21 years of intercollegiate athletics administration experience as he was Hamline’s Director of Athletics for all but two of his coaching years. Tressel is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace, where he played for his father, Lee. He also has a master’s degree from Florida State and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

    “I’ve been coaching for a long time and every season is exciting,” Tressel said, “but getting more and more involved in special teams makes the excitement for this season even greater. We won’t change the responsibilities that each coach has had, other than I’ll take over the punt unit from Luke, but there will be an added level of attention and emphasis from me in all areas.”

    The retirement of Todd Alles from an operations position allowed Fickell to add responsibilities to the proven administrative and organizational qualities of Burgess and Dunlap.

    “Todd’s retirement in June gave me the opportunity to redefine the roles of members of our operations staff and take advantage of the skills and experiences of those who have contributed to our success over the past few years,” Fickell said. “I appreciate Amy and Tom’s willingness to take on larger roles with our program, and our entire operations staff for the support they provide to our team.”

    Burgess, who has a bachelor’s degree in human and organization development from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Ohio State in sport and exercise management, takes on additional responsibilities in the areas of budgeting, recruiting, camps and ticketing with her promotion. The former two-time women’s lacrosse team captain and USWLA Academic All-American for Vanderbilt is in her 10th year at Ohio State. She has previously worked in the Ohio State compliance office for five years before joining the football staff in 2006.

    Dunlap, after a highly successful career as a high school coach and educator, is in his third year with the football program. He assumes a variety of key operational responsibilities in his new role, including spring and fall camp practice administration, facilities liaison, game day operations, advance operations, bowl prep and serving as supervisor of the student managers.

    Dunlap, as head coach of Beechcroft High School from 1986-2009, led his team to 13 state playoffs and to nine city league championships. The six-time city league Coach of the Year posted a 174-70 record, and he was inducted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in education and a master’s from Ashland College in education.

    Some additional personnel news regarding the football program’s administrative and coaching staffs for the upcoming season include the following:

    § Matt Groom has moved into the defensive quality control position after working as a defensive program assistant the past two years. The 2009 graduate of Ohio Dominican and former player there is working on his master’s degree at Ohio State in educational administration.

    § Longtime Columbus City Schools educator and coach Alan Jones is in his first season as a football program assistant. Jones was a high school coach at Whetstone, Marion-Franklin and Independence, serving as head coach at Independence from 2000-2009. He is a graduate of Peru State (Neb.) College.

    § Ben Needham has assumed the defensive graduate assistant coaching role for this season after working last year as the team’s defensive quality control assistant. A 2007 graduate of Ohio State, Needham played two seasons at DePauw University before completing his degree at Ohio State and working as an undergraduate intern for the Buckeyes.

    § Dane Chester is beginning his first year as a video intern with the football program. The 2010 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace comes to Ohio State after most recently working in the video department of the Cleveland Gladiators.

    § Jerry Emig has been named an associate director in the athletics communications office. The Murray State (bachelor’s degree in communication) and Ohio State (master’s in sports administration) graduate has assumed the position as primary football communications representative after previously working with the football program in a supporting role the past four years.

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  • We have a special teams coach!

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  • So much for Vrabel or T Johnson being DC next year.

  • I thought if anyone got promoted to "co-defensive coordinator" it would be Taver Johnson. Interesting. Goes to show how highly Fickell thinks of Haynes.

    Also glad that there is a "special teams coach" and not this BS of everyone chipping in. Everyone helping out is fine, but there needs to be one coach in charge of special teams ... you know, like how every other football team past the high school level does it.

    Although, does anyone else find it highly odd that Doc Tressel is still on this staff after all that happened with Jim Tressel? I mean, I'm glad he is still on the staff. What was Luke supposed to do, fire Doc because of what happened with Jim? I think everyone knows this will be Doc's final season, but it's still ironic (for lack of a better word) that he's still on the staff while his brother is not.

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    Dave Biddle said... (original post)

    I thought if anyone got promoted to "co-defensive coordinator" it would be Taver Johnson. Interesting. Goes to show how highly Fickell thinks of Haynes.

    Also glad that there is a "special teams coach" and not this BS of everyone chipping in. Everyone helping out is fine, but there needs to be one coach in charge of special teams ... you know, like how every other football team past the high school level does it.

    Although, does anyone else find it highly odd that Doc Tressel is still on this staff after all that happened with Jim Tressel? I mean, I'm glad he is still on the staff. What was Luke supposed to do, fire Doc because of what happened with Jim? I think everyone knows this will be Doc's final season, but it's still ironic (for lack of a better word) that he's still on the staff while his brother is not.

    I think it can be attributed to the class that runs in the Tressel family. Lee Tressel instilled some great values in his children - he must have been one hell of a man.

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  • Interesting thought on Taver Johnson, why would Taver have a leg up on Haynes?

    Taver Johnson is a passionate coach who made the right decision to leave the Raiders just in time to join OSU. But since he has been at OSU...what can he hang his hat on?? If you break it down, it was Taver who was the actuall Special Teams coach last year (not in title though) and who can he lay claim to on the recruiting trail? Taver might be the in your face, rah-rah coach that some players love and some hate....but at the end of the day he is the weakest coach on the defensive side of the ball if you do an apples to apples comparisonn.