Jeff Boals enters the first head coaching job of his career, leading Stony Brook men’s basketball after seven years as an assistant coach behind Thad Matta at Ohio State University. He has been an assistant head coach at six other schools.
Stony Brook’s three-time America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney said on Twitter that wanted Stony Brook Assistant Head Coach Jay Young to take the job. He was somewhat surprised by the announcement. In response, he tweeted “Who?!? Lol nvm”. The other one one said “Ima just keep my thoughts to myself lol.” Stony Brook point guard Carson Puriefoy retweeted Boston Celtics power forward Jared Sullinger, who Boals helped coach at Ohio State. Sullinger tweeted “Congrats to Stony Brook and @JeffBoals, who I can say with 100% sincerity is a coach who still coaches me to this day. Best of luck JB.”
Boals’ alma mater is Ohio University, where he landed his first coaching job after he graduating in 1995. He then took an assistant coaching job at the University of Charleston in West Virginia where he stayed for three seasons (‘96-‘99). From 1999 to 2003, Boals joined Marshall as the assistant coach. He then returned to Charleston as an associate head coach for one season (‘03-‘04) before going back to Division I with Robert Morris University for three seasons (‘04-‘06) and then to Akron University for four (‘06-‘09). In 2009, he joined Ohio State’s coaching staff, where he was was a big component of three Big Ten regular season titles. He was also a key component of four NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances, an Elite Eight and a Final Four appearance in 2012 with the Buckeyes.
He will be Stony Brook’s 11th head coach in men’s basketball history since the program was established in 1957. It’s also Stony Brook’s third head coach since moving up to D-I.
Boals played college ball at Ohio University and was a four-year letter winner on the Bobcats basketball team. He helped lead the Bobcats to win the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship and earn a 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to Indiana. That same year, the program won the Preseason National Invitational Tournament to kick off the season.