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Stony Brook hires Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals as head coach

Thad Matta, Jeff Boals, Greg Paulus

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta, center, shouts instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 64-55. In the background are assistant coaches Jeff Boals, left, and Greg Paulus. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)


Stony Brook has found a new head coach in former Ohio State assistant coach Jeff Boals, has confirmed.

Boals spent seven seasons as an assistant with the Buckeyes, where he was tasked with doing a lot of defensive preparation for head coach Thad Matta. Before Ohio State, Boals had also spent time at Akron, Robert Morris and Marshall.

The Seawolves are coming off of a NCAA tournament appearance in 2016 as former head coach Steve Pikiell took the Rutgers job in March. Stony Brook has been one of the better mid-major programs in the country in recent years, as they’ve won at least 20 games in six of the last seven seasons.

As an experienced recruiter who also has had a hand the player development of multiple NBA players, Boals could be a solid hire for Stony Brook, especially if he’s able to bring in some talent.