Defensive Backfield Coach Jeff Hafley

Jeff Hafley Ohio State
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Past Teams
Ohio State

College: Siena, 2001 (BS); Albany, 2003 (MS)

OSU Coaching History:

2019: Co-Defensive Coordinator / Secondary

2019 Media Guide: Jeff Hafley, who has spent the past seven seasons in the NFL and most recently three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, was named Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach by head coach Ryan Day on Jan. 6, 2019.

Hafley coached two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, serving as an assistant defensive backs coach in 2012 and secondary/safeties coach in 2013. Two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, under coach Mike Pettine, followed. In 2014, his second season with the Browns, the team led the NFL in opponent passer rating (74.1), opponent completion percentage (57.1) and in passes defensed with 99,
plus ranked second in the league with 21 interceptions. Three seasons as defensive backs coach with the San Francisco 49ers – 2016, 2017 and 2018 – precede Hafley’s position with the Buckeyes.

Richard Sherman, who was coached by Hafley in 2018: “His preparation is some of the best I’ve seen. I’ve had some great defensive back coaches, some great defensive coaches and defensive minds. He is right up there with his preparation and how he breaks down film.”

Hafley’s career includes 11 seasons in collegiate football at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic University (2001), Albany (2002-05), Pittsburgh (2006-10) and Rutgers (2011).