Schiano hired as Ohio State defensive coordinator

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Urban Meyer found his guy to help coach the Buckeye defense in 2016.

Meyer tabbed Greg Schiano, a former head coach at Rutgers, to “work alongside” current Buckeye co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. Schiano will also coach safeties and have the title of associate head coach.

“Greg Schiano is an excellent coach,” Meyer said. “He is someone I have known for quite some time now and someone who is going to align with our staff extremely well. I think he will be outstanding as a coach and mentor in our program and I am pleased to have him on our staff.”

Schiano replaces Chris Ash, who left Ohio State to take the head coaching job at Rutgers.

Schiano began his collegiate career working at Rutgers in 1989. From there, he coached at Penn State and Miami (FL), with a stop in the NFL with the Chicago Bears in between.

He made his mark though at Rutgers, where he coached form 2001-2011, going 68-67 in his 11 seasons at the school. The Scarlet Knights went 5-1 in bowl games during that time. And in 2006, Schiano won the Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp and Big East Coach of the Year awards.

He left Rutgers to accept the head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, where he spent two seasons. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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