January 18, 2021
Matt Guerrieri has joined the Ohio State coaching staff in the role of senior advisor and analyst. Guerrieri, from Willoughby Hills, Ohio and a graduate of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin H.S., comes to Ohio State after spending the last 10 years at Duke University.
Guerrieri’s time with the Blue Devils included coaching six years with new Ohio State defensive coordinator/linebacker’s coach Jim Knowles, who was the Blue Devils defensive coordinator from 2010-17. When Knowles left Duke after the 2017 season to go to Oklahoma State, Guerrieri was named co-defensive coordinator, a position he held over the past four seasons.
Guerrieri was a graduate assistant for three seasons at Duke before being name safeties coach prior to the 2015 season. He coached safeties for the next seven seasons, in addition to his co-defensive coordinator responsibilities the past four years. Among his charges with the Blue Devils was former Buckeye and Duke All-American Jeremy Cash, and five additional all-Atlantic Coast Conference players. At the conclusion of the 2020 season, Guerrieri was named one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association assistant coach of the year award.
Before joining the Blue Devils, Guerrieri served as a defensive graduate assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2011.
Guerrieri was a three-year letterman on the gridiron at Davidson College, where he started at safety. He served as senior captain for the Wildcats and was a three-time All-Pioneer Football League Honor Roll selection.
Guerrieri, who graduated from Davidson in 2011 with a degree in sociology, earned a master’s degree in Christian studies from Duke in 2014. He is married to the former Alex Thompson of Asheville, N.C., and the couple have one son, James.
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