ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio football program has added Brian Metz, a former intern and graduate assistant for the Bobcats, to its coaching staff as tight ends coach and promoted Nate Faanes to special teams coordinator, as announced by 16th-year head coach Frank Solich today.
"Bringing Brian back, this time to serve as our tight ends coach, and promoting Nate to special teams coordinator provides a seamless transition as both are familiar with our program and the way we operate," said Solich. "Most importantly, both have been directly involved with our student-athletes here at Ohio and relate well to them."
Metz is no stranger to the Bobcats, having spent time as an intern with the program from 2013-14 and as an offensive graduate assistant from 2016-18. His stint as an intern saw him work with the teams quarterbacks and assist with recruiting operations while his time as a graduate assistant was spent working primarily with Ohio's receivers. Metz spent the 2019 season as a graduate assistant at UNLV, working with the Rebels' quarterbacks and helping junior quarterback Armani Rodgers and freshman quarterback Kenyon Oblad combine to accumulate 2,474 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns. Rodgers set a school record for career rushing yards by a quarterback while Oblad set the school record for single-game completion percentage.
Following his first stint in Athens, Metz spent the 2015 season at Memphis. With the Tigers, Metz served as an offensive intern, working with the wide receivers and coaching three future NFL signees at the position as Memphis went on to earn a 9-4 record and Birmingham Bowl berth.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Metz earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2013. As an undergraduate student at Notre Dame, Metz worked as a student equipment manager with the Fighting Irish and began his coaching career at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana in 2012. While previously at Ohio, Metz earned his Master of Business Administration (2015), Master of Sports Administration (2015) and Master of Coaching Education (2018) degrees. Metz met his wife, Lindsae, who is also an Ohio Sports Administration and MBA graduate, while in Athens.
"I'm very grateful to Coach Solich for the opportunity to rejoin the Ohio football program," said Metz. "His leadership and reputation are second to none, and it's an honor to be a member of his staff. I'm looking forward to working with (Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Tim) Albin and the offensive staff to continue the successes they've had over the past 11-straight bowl eligible seasons."
Faanes adds the responsibly of special teams coordinator in addition to his role as linebackers coach on Solich's coaching staff. Faanes, who was named linebackers coach last March, saw redshirt junior Dylan Conner (83; 2nd), redshirt junior Jared Dorsa (80; 3rd), senior Eric Popp (52; 6th) and redshirt freshman Keye Thompson (51; 7th) rank in the top-seven on the squad in total tackles in his first season as an assistant coach in 2019.
Over the last 16 years under the leadership of Solich, MAC's all-time winningest head coach, Ohio has recorded 113 wins, captured four MAC East Division titles, appeared in 11 bowl games and tallied five bowl victories. The Bobcats recorded their fifth-straight winning season and 11th under Solich with a seven-win campaign in 2019, wrapping up the year with a 30-21 victory over Nevada in the 23rd Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to record their program-record third-straight bowl win.
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