COLUMBUS, Ohio – Greg Schiano, who led Rutgers University’s football program for 11 seasons and won five consecutive bowl games before coaching two years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will replace Chris Ash and work alongside Luke Fickell coordinating the Ohio State defense, coach Urban Meyer announced today. Schiano’s hire is pending completion of a background check and approval from the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
Schiano, whose career includes working as a defensive coach for Penn State (1991-95), the Chicago Bears (1996-98) and the Miami Hurricanes (1999-2000), will also have the title of associate head coach and he will work with the team’s safeties.
“Greg Schiano is an excellent coach,” Meyer said. “He is someone I have known for quite some time now and someone who is going to align with our staff extremely well. I think he will be outstanding as a coach and mentor in our program and I am pleased to have him on our staff.”
Schiano, who is 49, began his collegiate coaching career in 1989 as a graduate assistant at Rutgers before taking the same position at Penn State the following season. He went on to coach the Nittany Lion defensive backfield from 1991 until 1995. From there, Schiano made the jump to the NFL as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears from 1996-98 where he served as a defensive assistant, including defensive backs coach in 1998.
After the 1998 season, Schiano accepted the defensive coordinator position at the University of Miami for two seasons where he led the Hurricanes to a Top 5 finish in total defense in 2000.
From there, Schiano accepted his first head coaching job at Rutgers University in December 2000 and coached the Scarlet Knights through the 2011 season. He went 68-67 in his 11 seasons in Piscataway, including a 5-1 record in bowl games. In 2006 Schiano led the Scarlet Knights to an 11-2 record and tied for second in the Big East Conference. That season he was named the Eddie Robinson, Walter Camp and Big East Coach of the Year. That same season, Rutgers earned its first Top 25 ranking since 1976 and was ranked as high as No. 6.
Following the 2011 season in which the Scarlet Knights went 9-4 with a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl, Schiano accepted the head coaching job for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he coached for two seasons from 2012-13.
Schiano and his wife, Christy, have four children: Joey, a freshman football player at Schiano’s alma mater, Bucknell, twin boys and high school sophomores Matt and John, and a daughter, Katie (12).
Schiano’s Coaching History
|Year||School/Team – Role|
|1988||Ramapo (N.J.) H.S. – Assistant Coach|
|1989||Rutgers – Graduate Assistant|
|1990||Penn State – Graduate Assistant|
|1991||Penn State – Secondary|
|1992||Penn State – Secondary|
|1993||Penn State – Secondary|
|1994||Penn State – Secondary|
|1995||Penn State – Secondary|
|1996||Chicago Bears – Defensive Assistant|
|1997||Chicago Bears – Defensive Assistant|
|1998||Chicago Bears – Secondary|
|1999||Miami, Fla. – Defensive Coordinator|
|2000||Miami, Fla. – Defensive Coordinator|
|2001||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2002||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2003||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2004||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2005||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2006||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2007||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2008||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2009||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2010||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2011||Rutgers – Head Coach|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Head Coach|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Head Coach|
Urban Meyer Press Conference 3/6/18