Ohio State bolsters defensive staff by hiring Perry Eliano away from Cincinnati

Ryan Day has continued the reshaping of Ohio State’s defensive coaching staff with the addition of Cincinnati cornerbacks coach Perry Eliano, sources confirmed to The Athletic. Eliano, 43, will have a role coaching the secondary in Columbus under new coordinator Jim Knowles.

This past season at Cincinnati, Eliano coached Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Coby Bryant and expected first-round NFL Draft pick Sauce Gardner as part of a passing defense that ranked No. 2 in the country and helped the Bearcats reach the College Football Playoff.

Elioano, who’s originally from Texas, previously coached at his alma mater Stephen F. Austin, Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State, UTSA, Bowling Green and New Mexico before joining the Cincinnati staff in 2020.

There are still moving pieces on OSU’s defensive staff, including sorting out the futures of linebackers coach Al Washington and former coordinator Kerry Coombs. Knowles is expected to coach the linebackers in Columbus. And indications are that defensive line coach Larry Johnson will return in 2022.

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