Jim Bollman
Jim Bollman

Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line

7th Season

Ohio University, 1977

Jim Bollman is in his seventh season at Ohio State. He is the Buckeyes' offensive coordinator and also serves as the offensive line coach.

In 2006, the Buckeyes were one of the most productive offensive units in college football, averaging 34.6 points and 384.5 yards per game and converting 41 percent of their third-down opportunities.

A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Bollman came to Ohio State from the Chicago Bears, where he spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons as tight ends coach. He was the tight ends coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.

Bollman played his college football at Ohio University. He won four letters as an offensive lineman for the Bobcats and was team captain as a senior in 1976. He graduated from Ohio University in 1977 with a degree in education.

Bollman launched his coaching career in June 1977 as a graduate assistant at Miami (Ohio). In January 1978, he was named offensive line coach of the Redskins, a position he held until 1982, when he accompanied head coach Tom Reed to North Carolina State. It was during his stint at Miami that Bollman first met Jim Tressel, who served as quarterbacks coach for the Redskins in 1979 and '80.

During his three years at N.C. State, Bollman was the assistant head coach. He also coached the offensive line in 1983 and '84 and the inside linebackers in 1985.

In 1986, Bollman began a productive five-year association with Tressel at Youngstown State. Bollman was defensive coordinator his first three years at YSU and offensive coordinator his last two. During his stay at Youngstown, the Penguins qualified for the Division I-AA Playoffs three times.

Following the 1990 season, Bollman was named offensive line coach at the University of Virginia. He remained there four years, helping the Cavaliers to three bowl appearances.

In December of 1994, Bollman joined Nick Saban's staff at Michigan State. He spent three seasons as the Spartans' offensive line coach. In 1997, the Spartans allowed a Big Ten-low 16 sacks.

Jim and his wife Terri, a native of Dayton and like Jim a graduate of Ohio University, have two daughters: Courtney (8/29/81) and Stephanie (4/18/84). Courtney is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University.

Bollman underwent open-heart surgery in June of 2006, but was on hand when the team opened fall camp in early August and did not miss a practice or meeting.