Ohio University announced Sunday afternoon that former team captain Jeff Boals will take over as the new men’s basketball head coach.

Boals returns to his alma mater from Stony Brook University where he served as head coach of the Seawolves for the last three seasons. Boals led Stony Brook to a 55-41 record as head coach, including a 24-8 record in 2018-19.

Ohio Athletics will officially re-introduce Boals to Athens on Monday (March 18) in an 11 a.m. press conference at the Convocation Center.

Before his stop at Stony Brook, Boals was an assistant at Akron from 2006-09 and then at Ohio State under Thad Matta from 2009-16. The Buckeyes went to six NCAA Tournaments in Boals’ time, including a Final Four appearance in 2012.

Boals was a two-time captain for the Ohio Bobcats playing under the late Larry Hunter before graduating in 1995. His junior season at Ohio began with winning the Preseason National Invitation Tournament and concluded with Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament championships.

"I am incredibly grateful and honored to return home to my alma mater as the head men's basketball coach at Ohio University," Boals said in a release.

Boals replaces former head coach Saul Phillips who was not retained after finishing his initial five-year contract. That announcement came on March 13, so the hiring of Boals, announced some four days later, is a remarkable turn-around.

Boals, who at the time was an assistant at Ohio State University, was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace former Ohio men’s basketball coach John Groce in March 2012, along with Ohio assistant Dustin Ford. At that time, Groce was heading to the University of Illinois.

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