Boston College names Ohio State’s Hafley head coach

Field Level Media

December 14, 2019 at 3:39 pm.

Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley was named head coach at Boston College on Saturday.

Eagles athletic director Martin Jarmond said the school had targeted Hafley since the beginning of its job search.

“Jeff’s shown throughout his coaching career he is a tremendous leader with high integrity and a gift for teaching,” Jarmond said in a news release. “His passion, leadership and ability to recruit and develop student-athletes make him the right fit to lead Boston College to greater heights on and off the field.”

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Hafley, 40, would remain with the Buckeyes through the College Football Playoff.

Hafley was a finalist for the Broyles Award, which recognizes the top assistant coach in college football, during his first season with Ohio State in 2019.

He is regarded as a top recruiter, a reputation he developed at Rutgers (2011) and Pittsburgh (2006-10).

Before joining Ohio State, Hafley had spent the previous seven seasons (2012-18) as a defensive backs coach in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Boston College fired Steve Addazio after a 6-6 campaign. He was 44-44 in seven seasons and landed on his feet as head coach at Colorado State.