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Football: Ohio announces John Hauser as new safeties coach

Ohio announced the hiring of John Hauser as its new safeties coach on Tuesday morning.

Hauser, who previously served as the cornerbacks coach at Miami for eight seasons and the co-defensive coordinator for six seasons, takes over the position following the retirement of Ron Collins at the end of the 2021 season.

"John has over fifteen years of experience in the Mid-American Conference alone and has helped build some record-breaking defenses," Ohio coach Tim Albin said in a statement released by the athletic department. "He is an elite recruiter who has deep ties not only to our league but also to the talent-rich state of Ohio!"

Miami’s pass defense has often ranked in the top five among Mid-American Conference programs over the past five years. In his first year at Miami, Hauser helped coach cornerback Quinten Rollins, who was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft.

A 20-year coaching veteran, Hauser spent two seasons as the safeties coach at The Citadel prior to his stint at Miami. He also spent six seasons at Northern Illinois, where he began as a graduate assistant before being elevated to the defensive backs coach in 2006.

Hauser was a four-year starting safety at Wittenberg and was named to the Division III All-America team in 2002. A native of Columbus, Hauser graduated from Wittenberg in 2002 and spent eight months as an assistant coach for the Tigers.

Hauser is the second former Miami coach hired by the Bobcats in the past two weeks. They previously hired Spence Nowinsky, Miami's former linebackers coach and Hauser's co-defensive coordinator, to become their new defensive coordinator.


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