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Ohio Names Jeff Bleamer to Football Staff

Ohio Names Jeff Bleamer to Football Staff

Contact: Jim Stephan


Former East Tennessee State assistant Jeff Bleamer has been named offensive line coach at Ohio.

ATHENS, Ohio__ ? Former East Tennessee State assistant coach Jeff Bleamer has been named offensive line coach at Ohio, head football coach Brian Knorr announced today. He replaces Mike Summers, who accepted a similar position at Louisville last month.

Bleamer, 49, has spent the last six years at East Tennessee State, where he helped guide one of the more prolific offenses in the Southern Conference. The 1997 team finished 13th in Division I-AA with a school-record 432.2 yards of total offense and had two first-team all-league selections on the offensive line. Three years later, the offense saw its top running back, Brandon Walker, become the school?s all-time leading rusher, and another lineman picked as All-Southern Conference.

?Jeff provides us with a tremendous amount of experience,? said Knorr. ?He has worked with several offenses that incorporate much of what we do on that side of the ball. His experience with the NFL will be an attribute not only in recruiting, but in credibility.?

A Pennsylvania native, Bleamer spent the majority of his career leading the offensive line at The Citadel. The Bulldogs ranked in the top 10 in I-AA in rushing eight of the 10 seasons he was there, setting a national record with 382.0 yards per game on the ground in 1994. He coached All-America guard All-America guard Levi Davis that year, as well as four other first-team All-America picks and more than a dozen All-Southern Conference performers. Ironically, Bleamer?s unit paved the way for current Ohio running backs coach Everette Sands, when he was a undergraduate at The Citadel.

Bleamer began his coaching career as an assistant at Juniata College in 1978 and moved to the high school ranks at Altoona (Pa.) High in 1979. He spent the 1985 and 1986 seasons with a pair of bowl teams at Colorado before moving to The Citadel.

A 1975 graduate of Penn State, Bleamer lettered two seasons for Joe Paterno?s Nittany Lions. He won the 1974 Red Worrell Award for Most Improved Offensive Player, helping the team to a 10-2 mark and a win in the Cotton Bowl. PSU was 9-3 his senior season, earning a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Bleamer was an eighth-round pick by Philadelphia in the 1975 NFL Draft, playing two seasons for the Eagles. He also played one year with the New York Jets before entering the coaching ranks.

Bleamer holds bachelor?s degree in secondary education from Penn State. He and his wife, the former Denise McConnell, have two daughters, Nicole (24) and Krista (23).