Alex Grinch Named Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach, Taver Johnson Named Cornerbacks Coach and Special Teams Coordinator

By Dan Hope on February 27, 2018 at 3:27 pm
Alex Grinch and Taver Johnson
Alex Grinch: Mark J. Rebilas – USA TODAY Sports, Taver Johnson: Ohio State Athletics

With Ohio State's spring football practices set to begin in one week, we finally know what the Buckeyes' new assistant coaches' specific roles will be.

Alex Grinch has been named the Buckeyes' co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, while Taver Johnson – who was already named as the cornerbacks coach – has also been named special teams coordinator.

Grinch takes over the safeties coach role from Greg Schiano, who remains on staff as the Buckeyes' lead defensive coordinator and associate head coach, and the co-defensive coordinator title from former cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who left to become the secondary coach of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Coombs was also the special teams coordinator, so Johnson takes over both of those responsibilities.

Grinch was hired by Ohio State in January after spending the three past years at Washington State as the Cougars' defensive coordinator and secondary coach. He is set to make $800,000 in 2018.

Johnson, who was previously Ohio State's cornerbacks coach from 2007-11, returned to the Buckeyes earlier this month after spending last season at Temple as the Owls' defensive coordinator and safeties coach. He is set to make $345,000 in 2018.

Grinch and Johnson are set to meet with the media on Wednesday for the first time since joining Urban Meyer's staff, and Eleven Warriors will be there to provide full coverage.

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