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 Jim Bollman
Jim Bollman
Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator

36th Year Coaching

Alma Mater:
Ohio University, '77


  • Is in his 36th year coaching, his 33rd year coaching at the collegiate level and his first year as offensive line coach/running game coordinator at Boston College.
  • Served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for 11 seasons (2001-11) at Ohio State; the Buckeyes achieved seven 10-win (or more) seasons during that stretch.
  • Coached in 11 bowl games during his tenure with the Buckeyes, including eight Bowl Championship Series games (Fiesta - Jan. 3, 2003 vs. Miami; Fiesta - Jan. 2, 2004 vs. Kansas State; Fiesta - Jan. 2, 2006 vs. Notre Dame; BCS National Championship - Jan. 8, 2007 vs. Florida; BCS National Championship - Jan. 7, 2008 vs. Louisiana State; Fiesta - Jan. 5, 2009 vs. Texas; Rose - Jan. 1, 2010 vs. Arkansas; Sugar - Jan. 4, 2011 vs. Arkansas).
  • Helped lead Ohio State to a 14-0 record and the 2002 national championship. The team was the first in Division I-A (now Division I FBS) history to finish its season at 14-0. The Buckeyes won the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, which was also the 2003 BCS National Championship game.
  • Coached three BCS National Championship games while with the Buckeyes (Jan. 3, 2003 against Miami; Jan. 8, 2007 against Florida and Jan. 7, 2008 against Louisiana State).
  • Has tutored 13 linemen that made NFL rosters during his 11-year tenure as the Buckeyes' offensive coordinator and offensive line coach - C LeCharles Bentley, OT Shane Olivea, G Adrien Clarke, C Alex Stepanovich, C Nick Mangold, G Rob Sims, C Doug Datish, OT/C Tyson Walter, OT Alex Boone, C Jim Cordle, G Bryant Browning, G Justin Boren and OL Kirk Barton. Additionally, three players - OT Mike Adams, C Michael Brewster and T J.B. Shugarts - represent 2012 NFL signees that will be vying for roster positions.
  • Mentored Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, who captured the 2006 Heisman Trophy and was also awarded the Walter Camp Award, Davey O'Brien Award, AP Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
  • Worked under the director of head coach Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Youngstown State, Dick Jauron while with the Chicago Bears, Ray Rhodes at the Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Saban at Michigan State, George Welch at Virginia and Tom Reed at Miami (Ohio) and NC State.
  • Has coached 17 collegiate teams that have earned bowl berths - 11 at Ohio State, three at Virginia and three at Michigan State.
  • Coached a Michigan State offensive line that produced 452 yards on the ground vs. Penn State in 1997, averaging nearly eight yards per carry. It also marked only the second time in NCAA history that two players from the same team rushed for over 200 yards as Sedrick Irvin (238) and Marc Renaud (203) combined for 441 yards against the Nittany Lions.
  • Has mentored 27 players that have gone on to play professional football.
  • Served as tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears for two seasons - 1999 and 2000.
  • Served as tight ends coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.
  • Coached two recipients - Ray Roberts (1991) and Mark Dixon (1993) - of the Jacobs Trophy as the ACC's top blocker in four seasons on the staff at Virginia.


  • Was a four-year lettermen as an offensive lineman at Ohio University; served as team captain as senior in 1976.
  • Earned his bachelor's degree in education from Ohio University in 1977.
  • A native of Ashtabula, Ohio
  • Was inducted into the Ashtabula County Football Hall of Fame in 2007.


  • C Nick Mangold (Ohio State), New York Jets
    Four-time Pro Bowl selection; 2007 All-Pro selection; 2006 first-round draft choice

  • OT Flozell Adams (Michigan State)
    Five-time Pro Bowl selection; All-Pro selection; 1998 second-round draft choice (29th overall)

  • C LeCharles Bentley (Ohio State)
    Two-time Pro Bowl selection (Saints); 2001 Rimington Trophy; consensus first-team All-American

  • OG Mark Dixon (Virginia)
    Consensus first-team All-American in 1993; Jacobs Trophy in 1993 as the ACC's top blocker; Played nine professional seasons

  • OT Ray Roberts (Virginia)
    Jacobs Trophy in 1990 & 1991 as the ACC's top blocker; 10th pick in 1996 NFL draft


BirthdateDec. 1, 1954
Age on Sept. 157
HometownAshtabula, Ohio
High SchoolAshtabula Harbor
CollegeOhio University (Education, 1977)
ChildrenCourtney, Stephanie

Coaching Career

1977Miami Univ. (Ohio)Graduate Assistant
1978-82Miami Univ. (Ohio)Offensive Line
1983-84NC StateAssist. Head Coach, OL
1985NC StateAssist. Head Coach, LB
1986-88Youngstown StateDefensive Coord.
1989-90Youngstown StateOffensive Coord.
1991-94VirginiaOffensive Line
1995-97 Michigan StateOffensive Line
1998Philadelphia EaglesTE
1999-2000Chicago BearsTE
2001-11Ohio StateOffensive Coord./OL

Bowls Coached

1995Michigan StateIndependence
1996Michigan StateSun
1997Michigan StateAloha
2001Ohio StateOutback
2002Ohio StateFiesta - BCS Nat'l Champ.
2003Ohio StateFiesta
2004Ohio StateAlamo
2005Ohio StateFiesta
2006Ohio StateBCS Nat'l Champ.
2007Ohio StateBCS Nat'l Champ.
2008Ohio StateFiesta
2009Ohio StateRose
2010Ohio StateSugar
2011Ohio StateGator

Playing Experience

1972-76Ohio Univ.Offensive Line

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