The Football Fever: Maryland's Matt Barnes named Ohio State's special team's coordinator

Matt Barnes (Courtesy: Maryland Terrapins)

Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day announced the hiring of Matt Barnes on Thursday. Barnes will serve as the Buckeyes' special team's coordinator and assistant secondary coach.

Barnes spent the last three seasons coaching at the University of Maryland. Most recently, Barnes served as the linebacker coach, and special teams' coordinator.

Under Barnes' leadership, the Terrapins ranked 18th nationally and third in the Big Ten with 23.9 yard average on kickoff returns. Additionally, Maryland had two players, Ty Johnson and Tavion Jacobs, who averaged better than 25 yards per kick return. The duo also ranked in the top five of the Big Ten in yards per return.

Additionally, Maryland tied for 11th nationally in blocked punts (two) and was 39th in net punting (38.8 yards).

“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”

Matt Barnes Coaching Assignments

  • 2019 Special Team’s Coordinator/Assistant Secondary, Ohio State
  • 2018 Special Team’s Coordinator/Linebackers, Maryland
  • 2016-17 Special Team’s Coordinator, Maryland
  • 2015 Defensive Analyst, Michigan
  • 2012-14 Defensive/Special Team’s Graduate Assistant, Florida
  • 2011 Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks, West Virginia Wesleyan
  • 2010 Running Backs, West Virginia Wesleyan
  • 2009 Running Backs, Delaware Valley

Barnes is a 2008 graduate of Salisbury University, which is located on Maryland's eastern shore. While at Salisbury University, Barnes was elected as team captains by teammates and was a candidate for the academic Draddy Award. He graduated with a degree in business.

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