“Matt is young coach who has really done a great job at Maryland,” Day said in a team release. “He’s an energy guy who has considerable knowledge of the Big Ten Conference plus experience coaching in the Southeastern Conference. He’s going to work well with our staff and I’m pleased to have him on board.”
Before landing in College Park, Barnes spent a year as a defensive analyst at Michigan, making him the third new member of Ohio State’s coaching staff to have also coached the Wolverines at some point in his career.
(Greg Mattison most recently coached the defensive line in Ann Arbor while Al Washington was the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.)
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Barnes has also coached at West Virginia Wesleyan and Delaware Valley after playing at Salisbury University in eastern Maryland.
Along with Barnes, Mattison and Washington (linebackers), Day has hired Jeff Heflay (co-defensive coordinator with Mattison) and Mike Yurcich (quarterbacks and passing game coordinator) while promoting Brian Hartline from interim wide receivers coach to full-time.