Jeff Boals, a former Ohio player and Akron and Ohio State assistant, is returning to Athens to be the Bobcats’ next head coach. Boals has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Stony Brook, going 24-8 this past season (55-41 overall).
As soon as Ohio parted ways with former head man Saul Phillips, eyes were on Boals. He has had success in his first head coaching role on the East Coast but the planets have aligned for him to advance his career and coach at his alma mater.
I am incredibly grateful and honored to return home to my alma mater as the head men’s basketball at Ohio University,” Boals said in a statement on Sunday. “My family and I are thrilled to see my coaching career come full circle with this opportunity.”
Looking ahead for Stony Brook, some names that AD Shawn Heilbron should consider include Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara, Rutgers (and former SBU) assistant Jay Young, Division II St. Edward’s head coach (and NY-native) Andre Cook, or current SBU assistant Geno Ford, the former head coach at Bradley and Kent State, provided his doesn’t follow Boals to Ohio (also his alma mater).
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