Hazell is a native of Cinnaminson, NJ and is a 1986 graduate of Muskingum College. Hazell was a three-year All-Conference selection at Muskingum and won All-America honors in 1985.
Hazell began his coaching career at Oberlin in 1986 and moved on to coach RBs and WRs at Eastern Illinois in 1988. He returned to Oberlin to serve as Offensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach in 1989.
He served as Running Backs coach at Pennsylvania from 1992-1994 and coached WRs at Western Michigan in 1995 and 1996. After coaching at Army (TE/SE coach) from 1997-1998 and holding the Running Backs coach position at West Virginia in 1999-2000, he began his career at Rutgers in 2001.
In an interview with WBNS 1460 AM, Hazell said that connections with the current OSU staff helped get things going.
"I knew a few guys on the staff out there and they helped me get my foot in the door," he said. "I'm excited to get out there and get started."
Coaching with Jim Tressel is a big reason why he elected to come aboard with the Buckeyes.
"I've been very fortunate to be around profound football coaches," he said. "Here's another step where I get a chance to be around a great football mind, a great person."
Ohio State football in itself was what made the job so attractive to Hazell.
"It's the best, and that's why it was such a big draw for me," he said. "I can't wait to get out there and get started.