Frank Solich, the winningest coach in Mid-American Conference history, announced Wednesday morning that he would be retiring from his position as Ohio’s head coach effective immediately.
His decision to step down stemmed from a desire to focus on his health, as he stated he is dealing with a cardiovascular issue.
“After fifty-five years in coaching, including 16 at Ohio University, it is time for me to step away to focus on a cardiovascular health issue," Solich said in a release put out by the athletic department. "I've appreciated the support of Bobcat fans over the years, and I know they will continue to support Coach Albin. After working directly with Tim for 21 consecutive years, including six at the University of Nebraska, it's clear to me he is prepared to continue our work and move the program forward. I am happy for Tim and his family."
Although stepping down from coaching duties, Ohio stated that Solich would remain in the athletic department as an advisor to Cromer and “a resource to our students, coaches and staff.” The official title of Solich’s new position has yet to be completely mapped out.
Solich has been the face of Ohio football for almost two decades. Through 16 seasons, he touted 115 wins while at Ohio, the second-most from any coach in school history. He coached Ohio through 12-straight non-losing seasons from 2009-2020 and sent the team to a bowl 11 times. Solich ends a 55-year career with a head coaching record of 173-101. Before Wednesday, he was the fourth-winningest active head coach in an FBS school.
Director of Athletics Julie Cromer announced that offensive coordinator and associate head coach Tim Albin has been promoted to the head coaching job. The promotion comes with four-year contract. Albin has served as the offensive coordinator for Solich’s entire tenure at Ohio, and was the running backs coach and pass game coordinator during Solich’s previous job as head coach of Nebraska.
"It is truly an honor to lead the Ohio University football program and I want to express my gratitude to President Sherman and Director of Athletics Julie Cromer for their belief in me," Albin said in the release. "I am forever indebted to Coach Solich for all that he has offered me and taught me through the years, and I know he will always be part of our program. Our team will provide an unmatched student-athlete experience both on and off the field and we will graduate young men prepared to succeed in life. With the help of our incredible staff I know great things lie ahead, and our work continues."