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Posts Tagged ‘Golden Flashes.’

Ohio State assistant Hazell hired as head coach at Kent State

Ohio State assistant head coach Darrell Hazell made history on Monday while being named as the school’s new head football coach. He has become the first black head football coach in the school’s 90-year history as a program.

Hazell becomes Kent State’s 20th football coach. He replaces Doug Martin, who resigned last month with one game remaining in a 5-7 season. Martin had a seven year record of 29-53.

Hazell’s job is to beat the Golden Flashes arch-rival Akron and turn the program into a consistent winner in the Mid-American Conference.

Darrell Hazell (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

(courtesy of Kent State athletics via Wikipedia Commons)

Hazell was one of four candidates interviewed on campus. The others included: Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis and wide receivers coaches Curt Cignetti of Alabama and Bobby Kennedy of Texas, respectively.

Hazell’s final game with the Ohio State Buckeyes will be the Sugar Bowl contest against Arkansas on January 4. He will however, spend some time at Kent State talking to his players, evaluating what assistants will be kept, who to hire as assistants and of course recruit. He’ll rejoin the Buckeyes after Christmas.

Hazell, who is 46, has 25 years of college coaching experience, with the past seven being at Ohio State. As the Ohio State wide receivers coach, he was beneficial in the development of Ted Ginn, Jr. Brian Robiske, Brian Hartline, Anthony Gonzalez and Santonio Holmes.

Hazell was a top-notch football player in his own right, just not on the Division I level. He was an All-America wide receiver receiver as a senior at Division III Muskingum University in Ohio in 1986 and became running backs coach at Oberlin College in 1987. He also been an assistant at Eastern Illinois, Pennsylvania, Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia and spent three years at Rutgers and then joined Tressel’s staff in 2004.

compiled from staff, Ohio State & Kent State athletics

Kent State’s Roosevelt Nix wins Mid-American Conference honors

Former Reynoldsburg High School football star Roosevelt Nix, a 6’1, 260-pound defensive tackle has been named Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

Some say that eventhough Nix is undersized, he reminds some of Jack Lambert, who still a legend at the the Kent, Ohio school. His pictures are all over the football part of the athletics complex.

Roosevelt Nix (courtesy of Kent State athletics)

Former Kent State and Pittsburgh Steelers star Jack Lambert is the only player in Golden Flashes history to be named conference defensive player of the year.

Nix ranks fifth nationally in tackles for loss with 20, ninth in forced fumbles with four and is 13th in sacks with 10. He had eight quarterback hurries. Nix blocked two field-goal attempts.

compiled from staff, Mid-American Conference & Kent State news

No freshman in Mid-American Conference history, had won the

Doug Martin resigns as football coach at Kent State

Kent State head football coach Doug Martin has resigned his position, effective after the team’s final game Friday against Ohio University.

Doug Martin (courtesy of Kent State athletics)

The Golden Flashes are 4-7 this year, leaving Martin’s record at 28-53 in seven years in Kent, Ohio.

He joined the staff in 2003 as the offensive coordinator under Dean Pees before being promoted to head coach in 2004.

compiled from staff & Kent State news

The search is over as Ohio State choses Greg Beals to replace Bob Todd

compiled from staff reporting

Also contributing to this story were staff writers StephanieLee, Dan Hock and Nancy Mason

It seems to be that Ohio State has chosen their new baseball coach to succeed the retired Bob Todd.

Greg Beals of Mid-American Conference member Ball State is the chosen one.

Beals will probably bring one member of his Ball State staff with him. Former Ohio State closer, Mike Stafford from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, is his pitching coach.

Other finalists for the coveted job included: Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis,Virginia assistant Kevin McMullan and Indiana coach Tracy Smith.

It had been rumored that others interviewed for the job such as Cincinnati coach Brian Cleary and Akron’s Pat Bengsten, a former Todd assistant, but no one would confirm this to be true.

Greg Beals (courtesy of Ball State)

The Ohio State became a hot ticket when the 61-year-old Todd announced his retirement during the late part of the season. He ended 23 years as the coach and had two years left on a three-year contract.

In eight years at Ball State, Beals had a record of 243-202. He won Mid-American Conference West Division championships in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and a conference tournament title in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1969. They went on to upset number-1 seeded Kentucky in the first round of the Lexington Regional.

Ball State in 2010, played one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation (fourth) and ended up 29-29.

Mike Stafford ex-Buckeyes closer (courtesy of Ball State)

Before being hired to coach at the Muncie, Indiana school, Beals spent nine years as an assistant at his alma mater, Kent State. The Golden Flashes won two Mid-American Conference championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in human movement studies in 1995 and has a Master’s degree in sports administration in 1999 from Kent State.

Beals played three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Mets organization after being drafted in 1991 in the 22nd round.

The book on Beals is that he is a fantastic recruiter and has seen twenty of his players drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Beals is a Springfield, Ohio native having graduated from Kenton Ridge High School. He is married and has three daughters.

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