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Former team captain Jeff Boals was named the 19th head coach in the history of the Ohio men's basketball program, as announced by Director of Athletics Jim Schaus on March 17, 2019.
Boals is returning to Athens after spending the previous three seasons (2016-19) as the head coach at Stony Brook. He has guided the Seawolves to an overall record of 55-41 – including a 31-17 mark in America East Conference play. Stony Brook has gone 24-8 (12-4 AEC) in 2018-19 and will be making its second postseason appearance in the last three. The Seawolves received an invitation to the College Basketball Invitational Tournament in 2017. Stony Brook placed five student-athletes on the America East’s All-Conference Teams in 2018-19, with sophomore center Jeff Otchere being named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt sophomore guard/forward Andrew Garcia being tabbed as Sixth Man of the Year.
A native of Magnolia, Ohio, Boals (pronounced BOWLS) is a 1995 graduate of Ohio. He served as a two-time team captain and garnered four varsity letters under the leadership of his head coach, the late Larry Hunter. During his junior season in 1993-94, the Bobcats went 25-8 overall and won the Mid-American Conference regular season championship with a 14-4 mark in league play. The Bobcats capped off a MAC Tournament run with an 89-66 win over archrival Miami in the title game to send Ohio to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nine years. The Bobcats began Boals’ senior season by winning the 1994 Preseason National Invitation Tournament with victories over Ohio State, No. 14 Virginia, George Washington and New Mexico at Madison Square Garden.
A member of Thad Matta's coaching staff from 2009-16, Boals helped guide Ohio State to seven postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournaments. The Buckeyes, who won or claimed a share of three Big Ten Conference titles, advanced to the Final Four in 2012. Ohio State went 193-62 during Boals' time in Columbus.
Boals was instrumental in bringing some of the top players in the nation to Ohio State, including current NBA stars Jared Sullinger and D’Angelo Russell, along with Aaron Craft, the all-time steals and assist leader in Ohio State history. He also coached the 2010 National Player of the Year, Evan Turner, during his outstanding collegiate career with the Buckeyes.
Prior to Ohio State, Boals spent three seasons at Akron, serving as the team's recruiting coordinator and working with the post players. The Zips advanced to three MAC Tournament championship games, winning the title in 2009 as Akron earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1986. Boals also recruited Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens, a MAC All-Freshman Team performer, and Zeke Marshall, a top-35 national recruit.
Boals spent two seasons (2004-06) at Robert Morris and four years (1999-2003) at Marshall. In his final season at Robert Morris, the Colonials posted their first winning record in 15 seasons. He also spent a total of four seasons at Division II University of Charleston in two different stints.
Boals and his wife, Katie, have two children, Sydney and Chase.