Monday, December 20, 2010


Darrell Hazell
KENT, Ohio — Ohio State assistant head coach/wide receivers coach, Darrell Hazell, has officially been named the new head football coach of the Kent State Golden Flashes, announced on Monday afternoon by KSU Director of Athletics, Joel Nielsen.

Hazell, who has coached the past seven seasons in Columbus, becomes the 20th head coach in school history and the first of man of color to hold the position as boss of the Flashes' football program.

"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Darrell to the Kent State family," Nielson said at the announcement press conference on Monday. "When you're looking for a head football coach, it's not just a matter of if they can coach, it's important to make sure they are a fit for this program, this campus and this community.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Darrell is that person."

Hazell has coached the wide receivers at Ohio State since 2004, helping mold such players as Santonio Holmes, Anthony Gonzalez, Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline into quality NFL talent.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said Monday that he is thrilled that Hazell has finally gotten the opportunity to run his own program.

"I'm so excited for Darrell Hazell as he takes over as the head coach at Kent State," Tressel said. "He has certainly been a difference-maker at Ohio State. The Golden Flashes are starting a golden era led by Darrell Hazell.

"His Buckeye family wishes him every success."

Hazell, 46, is excited about his chance to help Kent State become a winning program.

"I'm proud and excited to be named Kent State's head football coach," Hazell said Monday. "I believe this is a tremendous opportunity and I can't wait to give the Golden Flashes' fans the winning program they deserve.

"Many of the pieces are in place to be successful and I'm confident that with a lot of hard work, we'll get it done."

Hazell has been in coaching since 1987, working as an assistant at Oberlin, Eastern Illinois, Pennsylvania, U.S. Military Academy, West Virginia and Rutgers, before taking the job at Ohio State in 2004.