Honorary Chair - Brian Hartline
Brian Hartline was promoted to offensive coordinator by Ohio State coach Ryan Day in
January of 2023. The promotion is Hartline’s second in as many years, after he was
promoted to passing game coordinator in January of 2022.
“Brian has been successful in every football capacity for which he has been engaged,” Day
said. “He has progressed incredibly well from college to NFL receiver, and then from quality
control coach to wide receivers coach to passing game coordinator. He figures things out
quickly and he is more than ready to now transition to offensive coordinator.
“He has also developed his receivers at an unprecedented level and he has recruited as well
or better than anyone in the country. Now he’ll be recruiting for our entire offense and I think
that is something that will be really positive for our program.”
Hartline will be taking charge of an Ohio State offense that has been peaking under the
direction of Day. The team’s total offense has ranked third, 11th, first and second nationally
the past four years with Day as head coach, respectively, and its scoring offense has ranked
fourth, seventh, first and ninth.
Hartline, who is 36, will remain Ohio State’s wide receivers coach. The 2023 season will be
his sixth in that capacity and he has proven to be the top receivers coach in college football,
being named so twice in the last two years. @on3sports named him its 2022 national wide
receivers coach of the year just last month and FootballScoop named Hartline its 2021 wide
receivers coach of the year.
In 2019 he was honored by the American Football Coaches Association as one of its AFCA
35 Under 35 honorees, a prestigious program that develops “premier, future leaders” in the
In his six previous seasons on staff, including one year as a quality control coach, Hartline
has successfully recruited and mentored some of the best wide receivers in the nation to All-American status.
- Marvin Harrison Jr. (unanimous in 2022)
- Chris Olave (2021),
- Garrett Wilson (2021)
- Jaxon Smith-Njigba (second-team in 2021)
Hartline has been a rising star among college coaches since becoming a full-time staff
member in 2018 after one season as an offensive analyst. He was a standout receiver for
Ohio State from 2005-08, graduated in 2009 and spent seven seasons in the National
Football League, six of them with the Miami Dolphins and one as a Cleveland Brown. He
played in 104 NFL games with 73 starts and produced 344 career receptions for 4,766 yards
and 14 touchdowns.
Hartline joined the Ohio State staff in early 2017 as a quality control coach after a terrific
playing career in the NFL. Among former Buckeye receivers who played in the NFL, Hartline
ranks high statistically when comparing them: he is fifth among NFL Buckeyes in yards, per
catch average (13.9) and games started; sixth in games played and receptions; and seventh
Hartline played for the Scarlet and Gray from 2005 through 2008 and was a part of four Big
Ten championship teams – meaning he’s been with nine Ohio State teams and has won
eight Big Ten titles, including a record four consecutive outright Big Ten championships in
2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. He also played an integral role in Ohio State reaching
consecutive BCS National Championship games in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he caught a
career-best 52 passes for 694 yards and six touchdowns. Hartline’s career numbers include
90 catches, 1,429 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hartline, from North Canton, Ohio, graduated from Ohio State in spring 2009 with his degree
in communications. He and his wife, Kara, have three young children: sons Brayden and
Kameron, and a daughter, Brooklyn.
Bio Courtesy: The Ohio State University Department of Athletics)