Former Marietta standout will begin his fifth year on Coach Solich's staff
Brian Haines returns to the Bobcats for his ninth season at Ohio and his fifth as the team’s special team’s coordinator. In addition to working with the squad’s special teams unit, he also serves as the Bobcats’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2015, Haines’ punt team finished sixth nationally in punt return defense. Keith Heitzman also caught 22 passes for 297 yards and 3 TDs.
In 2014, Ohio’s special team’s continued to be one of the best in the MAC under Haines’ direction. Daz Patterson was named All-MAC Second Team after piling up 662 yards on punt and kick returns.
Josiah Yazdani bookended the season with a pair of last-second game-winning field goals over MAC East rivals Kent State and Miami. Yazdani connected on 17 of 26 field goals while finishing a perfect 27-for-27 on extra point attempts.
Punter Mitch Bonnstetter’s 41.8-yard average in 2014 was seventh best in school history
In 2013, Ohio’s special teams unit ranked among the Top 5 in six Mid-American Conference categories.
Under Haines’ watchful eye, Ohio placed three individuals on the MAC’s postseason all-league team. Both Travis Carrie and Devin Bass earned All-MAC First Team as punt and kickoff returners, respectively, while kicker Josiah Yazdani was named All-MAC Second Team.
Yazdani earned the starting kicker position midway through the 2013 campaign and was one of only four kickers nationally to not miss a field goal during the regular season. He would go on to finish the year by connecting on 14-of-15 field goals to close out the year. In addition, Yazdani was a perfect 30-for-30 during the year in extra points.
As a team, Ohio finished the year a perfect 40-for-40 on extra points. Since Haines took over as the Bobcats’ special teams coordinator, Ohio has not missed an extra point, going 89-for-89.
In addition to his duties as the Bobcats’ special team coordinator, Haines oversaw a tight ends unit that finished the year with 363 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Troy Hill led all Bobcat tight ends with 257 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Hill’s 257 yards receiving in 2013 were a single-season career high.
In 2012, his first season in directing the Bobcats’ special teams unit - Ohio ranked among the league’s top five in punt return average (9.6/5th) and extra points percentage (1.000/T-1st).
In addition, place kicker Matt Weller ranked fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 9.1 points per game. Ryan Clark ranked sixth in the MAC in punt return average with a mark of 8.1 yards per return. Daz’ Patterson ranked fifth in the league in kickoff return average (24.2 per return).
Weller also posted a career-best 62.2 yard average on kickoffs during his senior year under Haines’ watchful eye. Following the year, Weller was named the Mid-American Conference Second Team. He would go on to finish his career as the program’s career leader for points scored, most field goals made, field goals attempted, extra points and extra points attempted.
Haines also oversaw the squad’s tight ends unit, which in 2012 combined for 29 receptions, 387 yards and three touchdowns. Hill posted his best collegiate season as he caught 14 passes for 169 yards and three touchdowns - all of which were single season bests.
During the 2011 campaign, Haines mentored tight end Jordan Thompson to his best single season of his collegiate career as he posted career highs in receptions (24) and receiving yards (258).
In 2010, Haines returned to Athens and helped tight end Jordan Thompson earn a spot on the All-MAC second team after the sophomore snared 21 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2009, Haines was a graduate assistant at West Virginia University, working on the offensive side of the ball, specifically supervising slot receivers and running backs. Haines worked with the team’s leading rusher (All-Big East first team tailback Noel Devine) and leading receiver (Jock Sanders) on the field, while handling game plan and film breakdown duties in the office and position meetings.
Haines served as a graduate assistant for the Bobcats’ offense during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Haines assisted the offensive staff and worked directly with the wide receivers and offensive line. His role as graduate assistant saw him coaching the scout team defense and assisting in scouting by breaking down upcoming opponents’ defensive game film.
Prior to the 2007 and 2008 seasons at Ohio, Haines served as an assistant coach at Marietta College for three seasons. He coached the wide receivers for two seasons and the secondary for one. He also served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for two years. During Haines’ tenure at his alma mater he helped guide three players to all-conference honors, including Nic North, who set a school record for receptions in a game with 14. Three of the four career leading receivers at Marietta were coached by Haines between 2004 and 2006.