After seven seasons as a member of Thad Matta's staff Jeff Boals is getting the opportunity to run his own team. The Ohio native is going to be the next head coach at Stony Brook according to reports from CBS Sports and ESPN.
In his time in Columbus the Buckeyes won 193 games including three Big Ten regular-season championships and reached four NCAA Sweet 16s an Elite Eight and a Final Four.
“We are extremely excited to become a part of the Stony Brook community and university,” Boals said. “We are grateful for the opportunity that Dr. Stanley and Shawn Heilbron have given me and I look forward to working with the team, building upon the success of last season and continuing it into the future. I can’t wait to get started.”
The assistant has been interested in a head coaching position for some time and he was a finalist for the opening at Ohio University, his alma mater, when John Groce left the Bobcats for Illinois. OU instead settled on Jim Christian.
Instead, Boals will get his first shot as a head coach at Stony Brook. The New York university is replacing Steve Pikiell who left Stony Brook to become the head coach at Rutgers after a 26-7 record this past season. Boals will inherit a roster that returns all but two players from last year's Stony Brook team which lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Kentucky.
"I’m very excited for Jeff, his family, and Stony Brook University," Matta said. "Jeff has done a remarkable job at The Ohio State University in his seven years as a Buckeye. He is certainly ready to be a head coach and has an amazing opportunity at such a fine institution. Jeff has a great basketball mind and will bring energy and enthusiasm to the great situation that Stony Brook University offers.”
Prior to his time at Ohio State, Boals spent three seasons working as a member of the Akron Basketball staff. He landed with the Zips after serving as the top assistant with Robert Morris for two seasons. Boals also coached Division II basketball for the University of Charleston, serving as the associate head coach during the 2003-04 season and as an assistant from 1996-99. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Ohio.
Unlike the last time that Matta lost an assistant, promoting a video coordinator is not an option this time as Jake Diebler is also leaving Columbus. After two full seasons in Columbus Diebler is joining the staff of new Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew as an assistant.