Former Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals, a mainstay on Thad Matta's staff from 2009-16, was announced as the 19th head coach of the Ohio men's basketball team on Sunday.
We are thrilled to announce that former team captain Jeff Boals will be the 19th head coach in the history of our program!
— OhioMen'sBasketball (@OhioMBasketball) March 17, 2019
Boals left the Buckeyes program in 2016 to become the head coach at Stoney Brook, where he went 55-41 overall and 24-8 this season. That stretch included two appearances in postseason tournaments, highlighted by a showing in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament in 2017.
Boals, a former team captain of the Bobcats and a 1995 graduate, is excited to return to his alma mater, according to a university release.
I am incredibly grateful and honored to return home to my alma mater as the head men's basketball at Ohio University. My family and I are thrilled to see my coaching career come full circle with this opportunity.
He'll have his work cut out for him, as the Bobcats went just 14-17 this season and finished last in the MAC East Division.