Tony Alford is promoted to Ohio State Football’s running game coordinator in latest title bump for offensive personnel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tony Alford will officially wear the most hats of any Ohio State football assistant in 2022.

Already a running backs coach and assistant head coach for offense, Alford will add run game coordinator to his roster of titles. The new designation comes after receivers coach Brian Hartline recently added the pass game coordinator title.

Alford recently completed his seventh season with the Buckeyes. He joined in 2015 under Urban Meyer and stayed on when Ryan Day was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in 2019.

Alford is one of four offensive coaches with administrative titles, along with offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, Hartline and offensive line coach Justin Frye, who is also the associate head coach for the offense.

Of course, Day ultimately calls the majority of games Saturday. What remains to be seen is how the new titles will alter the actual operations of the game week and the assembly of a game plan.

Ohio State led the nation in offensive goals last season. Alford running backs, led by rookie TreVeyon Henderson, certainly helped. OSU’s 5.54 rushing yards per attempt ranked third nationally behind only Coastal Carolina and Utah.

“Tony has continually mentored and produced strong, reliable and productive running backs for the Buckeyes,” Day said in a press release. “He has a great understanding of how to get his student-athletes to perform at a high rate of competitiveness, and I’m really excited to promote him to the position of game coordinator.”

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