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April 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Biology Alum Named Basketball Coach at Stony Brook University

Ohio University alum Jeff Boals ’95 has been named the new head basketball coach at Stony Brook University.

Jeff Boals

Jeff Boals

Boals, who earned a B.S. in Biology Pre-Physical Therapy, had been serving as an assistant to Ohio State University coach Thad Matta.

Stony Brook announced Boals as the program’s 11th head coach on April 9.

“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.”

A member of Thad Matta’s staff since 2009-10, Boals [pronounced BOWLS] helped guide Ohio State to seven postseason appearances, including six NCAA Tournaments.  The Buckeyes, who won or claimed a share of three Big 10 titles, advanced to the Final Four in 2012.  OSU went 193-62 during Boals’ time in Columbus.

Boals was instrumental in bringing some of the top players in the nation to Ohio State, including current NBA stars Jared Sullinger and D’Angelo Russell along with Aaron Craft, the all time steals and assist leader in Ohio State history. He also coached 2010 National Player of the Year Evan Turner during his outstanding collegiate career with the Buckeyes….

A 1995 graduate of Ohio University, Boals was a two-time captain and four-year letterwinner for the Bobcats, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1994.  The following year, Ohio University won the Preseason NIT Championship after wins over Ohio State and No. 14 Virginia as well as George Washington and New Mexico State at Madison Square Garden.

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