CANTON, Ohio (BVM) – Almost two decades removed from his time shining at GlenOak High School, North Canton native Brian Hartline has continued to add to his athletic legacy in his home state.
From 2002-05, Hartline was a star both on the gridiron and the track at GlenOak. In each of his four years at the school, Hartline was named GlenOak’s boys track and field athlete of the year. As a senior in 2005, he won individual state titles in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Meanwhile, Hartline’s speed and athleticism were on full display on the football field for the Golden Eagles as well.
Despite initially playing quarterback in his high school career, Hartline transitioned to wide receiver as his younger brother, Mike – now a former NFL player and current college assistant himself – took over the starting quarterback role for the Golden Eagles. Although he also broke his fibula and tibia in the opening game of his senior season, Brian had still done enough prior to earn a scholarship to Ohio State.
Part of four Big Ten championship teams with the Scarlet and Gray, Brian amassed 1,429 career receiving yards and 12 touchdowns with the Buckeyes. His best season came in 2007 as he racked up 694 yards and six touchdowns, helping Ohio State to a second straight appearance in the BCS National Championship game.
From there, Brian took his talents to the NFL as he was selected No. 108 overall in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. The GlenOak product would spend six seasons in Miami, posting back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving campaigns in 2012 and 2013.
Shortly after his final NFL season with the Cleveland Browns in 2015, Brian reunited with his alma mater, Ohio State, as a graduate assistant. By 2019, he officially became the Buckeyes’ wide receivers coach, and was promoted to passing game coordinator as well in 2022.
In his short time back in Columbus, Brian has quickly become one of the highest-regarded assistants in college football as a member of Coach Ryan Day’s staff. He has been a part of four more Big Ten championships in his time as a coach, and has helped Ohio State to three appearances in the College Football Playoff over the past four years.
Impressively, Brian has coached and recruited many of college football’s top receivers over the last few years, with several going on to star in the NFL including Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, and most recently, 2022 first-round draft picks Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. The NFL vet has also helped recruit current Ohio State standouts Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr., the son of Hall of Fame Colts legend Marvin Harrison Sr.
The Ohio State wide receiver room continues to be in good hands with Brian, who has proved his success at every stop. The GlenOak grad has continuously made his home state proud, and will continue doing so throughout the next chapters of his football life.
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