The No. 7 Ohio State men's basketball team completes its home and home with Kansas Saturday
The Ohio State men's basketball team opens postseason play today at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament and is today's #FF: OhioStateHoops
Ohio State opens the regular season Nov. 11 (9 p.m.) vs. Wright State at VCA.
Over his six seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes have amassed 172 wins, three Big Ten regular-season titles, four appearances, including three titles, in the Big Ten tournament title game, four NCAA “Sweet 16s,” and “Elite Eight” in 2013 and a run to the 2012 NCAA Final Four in New Orleans. The Buckeyes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of the six years he has been on the Ohio State sidelines.
A native of Magnolia, Ohio, Boals (pronounced BOWLS) spent three seasons as a member of the Akron basketball staff, his final as the associate head coach. He served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and was responsible for the development of the team’s post players.
Akron posted a 23-13 record (10-6 in the Mid-American Conference), won their first MAC tournament championship and made their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 1986.
Over the previous two seasons, Boals aided the Zips in winning a MAC East Division title (2007), making consecutive appearances in the MAC tournament championship game (2007 and 2008) and advancing to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (2008).
Boals joined the Zips program after spending two seasons (2004- 05 and 2005-06) as the top assistant coach at Robert Morris. While at Akron he successfully recruited Anthony “Humpty” Hitchens, a Chillicothe, Ohio, native, who was a member of the MAC AllFreshman team in 2008-09. Boals also recruited Zeke Marshall, a Top 35 national recruit.
In his two seasons at RMU, Boals worked with the Colonials’ post players and served as recruiting coordinator. Part of a program turnaround orchestrated by head coach Mark Schmidt, the Colonials posted the program’s first winning record since 1999- 2000, going 15-14 in 2005-06.
Prior to his time at RMU, Boals spent the 2003-04 season as the associate head coach at Division II University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia. During that time he was responsible for developing the Golden Eagles’ post and perimeter players and oversaw the program’s recruiting efforts.
That actually was his second stint at the school, having been an assistant coach from 1996-99. During those three seasons the program recorded a 63-26 mark, and captured the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) tournament championship in 1999 to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament. The team was also ranked in the Top 25 during the 1998-99 campaign, peaking as high as No. 11.
Boals served as an assistant coach at former MAC institution Marshall from 1999-2003. He worked closely with the Thundering Herd’s recruiting during that time, helping the program land an incoming class that was regarded as the best in the league by several scouting services.
A 1995 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences, Boals was a four-year letterwinner on the Bobcats’ basketball team. Also a two-year captain, he helped guide OU to the 1994 MAC tournament and regular-season championships, the same season the program won the Preseason National Invitation Tournament. In the preseason NIT, the Bobcats notched road victories over Ohio State and Virginia before edging New Mexico State and George Washington at Madison Square Garden.
Boals began his coaching career at OU as an assistant coach from 1995-96.
Boals and his wife, Katie, have two children, Sydney and Chase.