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Ex Ohio State Coach Tony Alford Thanks Players, Fans After Michigan Departure

Ohio State Buckeyes running backs coach Tony Alford is on his way to join the Michigan Wolverines after nine years in Columbus.

The Ohio State Buckeyes will continue towards the 2024 season without a key member of their coaching staff.

Long-time running backs coach Tony Alford announced he would be leaving the Buckeyes after nine years of service. Alford will take a similar position with Ohio State’s rivals: the Michigan Wolverines.

“The last nine years have been nothing short of amazing and there are so many people to thank and acknowledge,” Alford said.

First on Alford’s list was the duo who brought him into the program: former head coach Urban Meyer and outgoing athletic director Gene Smith. Current helmsman Ryan Day was also mentioned.

“I want to specifically thank Urban Meyer and Gene Smith for giving me the opportunity to come here back in February 2015,” Alford said. “I want to thank Ryan Day and the numerous members of the coaching staff and support staff within the (Woody Hayes Athletic Center). So many lifelong friendships have been formed and I am appreciative of you all.”

Alford went on to thank a few people unrelated to the Ohio State football program, including Morgan Drake (owner of Drake Dance Academy), Bob Gecewich (head coach at Perry High School) and Brett Glass (head coach at Dublin Jerome High School). Those three individuals served as influential figures to Alford’s three children over his time working for the Buckeyes.

The assistant coach wrapped up his statement thanking Ohio State fans, as well as the players whom he coached. These guys, Alford said, meant more to him than anyone else in Columbus.

“You guys have had such an amazing impact on me, not only as a coach but also as a father and as a man,” Alford said. “Watching so many of you gore to become the men that you have become makes me so proud. Thank you guys and I hope and pray that all of your successes are as great as your dreams and goals.”