Alex Grinch to Join Ohio State Coaching Staff, Per Report

By James Grega on January 4, 2018 at 4:13 pm
Alex Grinch
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Ohio State appears to have found its 10th assistant coach. 

According to a report from Bruce Feldman from Fox Sports, Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is set to join Urban Meyer's staff and become Ohio State's co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season. 

Rumors of Grinch coming to Columbus first surfaced in mid-December, and continued to heat up throughout bowl season. When asked during Washington State bowl prep if he would return to Pullman in 2018, Grinch responded with, "Appreciate it, guys," before walking away. 

Grinch is a native of Grove City, Ohio and played on three Div. III national championship teams at Mount Union, from which he graduated in 2002. Grinch made $600,000 with the Cougars last season where he was also in charge of coaching the Washington State safeties. 

In 2017, Washington State ranked second in the Pac-12 in total defense, surrendering 323.3 yards per game, including a conference best 170.9 yards through the air. 

His previous coaching stops included stints at Missouri (2012-14) as the safeties coach, Wyoming (2008-11) as a recruiting coordinator and secondary coach and New Hampshire (2005-08), also coaching in the secondary. 

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