Jim Bollman | Michigan State University

Team: Michigan State University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends
Hometown: Ashtabula, Ohio

Biography

Jim Bollman, who has more than four decades of coaching experience, both at the collegiate and professional levels, is in seventh season on Mark Dantonio’s staff at Michigan State. He will coach the offensive line in 2019 after serving as the co-offensive coordinator/tight ends coach the past six seasons (2013-18).

After spending 11 years as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ohio State (2001-11), Bollman was named co-offensive coordinator at Michigan State on March 4, 2013. During his time as co-offensive coordinator, Michigan State won 56 of 79 games, including two Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015), claimed victories in the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl and Holiday Bowl, and played in the College Football Playoff (2015).

Bollman has proven during his career to be one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation, developing nine first-team All-Americans, 13 first-team All-Big Ten players, 17 NFL Draft choices, including three first-rounders, and 25 NFL linemen, including three Pro Bowlers and three All-Pros.
 
Including his stints as offensive coordinator for Ohio State and MSU, Bollman mentored 10 first-team All-Americans, 26 first-team All-Big Ten players, 47 NFL Draft selections, including seven first-rounders, and more than 50 NFL players while collecting a 156-51 record (.754). He has been on coaching staffs for nine Big Ten Championships (seven at Ohio State, two at Michigan State) and has coached in 11 Bowl Championship Series/New Year’s Six bowl games, including three at Michigan State (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 CFP Semifinal at Cotton Bowl). He was the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes during their 2002 National Championship season and coached in three BCS National Championship Games with OSU.
 
Throughout his 41-year coaching career, Bollman has coached 11 first-team All-Americans, including 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith; 52 NFL Draft picks, including eight first-rounders; and more than 60 players who have played in the NFL.

Bollman and Dantonio coached together before on three previous occasions before reuniting again in 2013: Youngstown State (1986-90), Michigan State (1995-97) and Ohio State (2001-03). Bollman was the offensive line coach for three seasons (1995-97) at MSU under Nick Saban while Dantonio was the secondary coach. Dantonio and Bollman both arrived at Ohio State for the 2001 season. Dantonio spent three years (2001-03) as the defensive coordinator under Jim Tressel, while Bollman went on to coach 11 years (2001-11) for the Buckeyes, both as an offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Dantonio and Bollman first coached together at Youngstown State for four seasons (1986-90).

For the past six seasons, Bollman was instrumental in the development of Michigan State’s tight ends, which are asked to perform a multitude of roles in MSU’s pro-style offense.

Matt Sokol was the team’s primary starter at tight end the past two seasons (2017-18). He ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 21 receptions for 222 yards in 2017 and earned an invitation to the 2019 East-West Shrine Game following his senior year in 2018. Sokol signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers for the 2019 season.

Josiah Price, who played all four years under Bollman, closed out his record-setting career in 2016 with a career-high 38 receptions for 387 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. His five TD catches were the most by a Big Ten tight end in the regular season and his 38 catches tied for second most by a Spartan tight end in a single season. A third-team All-Big Ten selection for the second year in a row, Price finished his career with the most TD catches (21) by a tight end in school history, which also ranks fourth among all players in the MSU record book. Price’s 104 career catches and 1,238 receiving yards also rank third most among Spartan tight ends.

Bollman oversaw an experienced group of tight ends during MSU's Big Ten Championship season in 2015, led by Price and senior Paul Lang. Lang had his best year as a Spartan, catching a career-high 11 passes for 129 yards, while Price, a third-team All-Big Ten selection, found the end zone six times and caught 23 passes for 267 yards.

A total of seven Spartans landed on the All-Big Ten teams for offense in 2015, including a league-best four first-teamers, the most for the program since 1978. Quarterback Connor Cook was MSU's first All-Big Ten first-team selection at the position since 1965, and he was also named the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner. Aaron Burbridge was named Big Ten Receiver of the Year, while center Jack Allen and offensive tackle Jack Conklin also made the first team.

During MSU's record-breaking season in 2014, the Spartans finished seventh in the FBS in scoring (43.0 ppg.) and 11th in total offense (500.8 ypg.). The Spartans set numerous school single-season records, including points (559), scoring average (43.0 ppg.), offensive touchdowns (70), total offense (6,510 yards; 500.8 ypg.), rushing touchdowns (44), rushing yards (3,057) and first downs (321). In addition, MSU ranked among the FBS Top 25 in third-down conversion percentage (seventh at .500), passing yards per completion (10th at 14.6), first downs (17th with 321), yards per play (17th with 6.55), passing efficiency (18th with 151.1 rating), and rushing offense (19th with 235.2 ypg.). The Spartans also featured the No. 1 passing offense in the Big Ten (265.6 ypg.).

Under the tutelage of Bollman, the Spartan tight ends showed tremendous growth during the 2013 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship season. The entire group had a combined five starts entering the season, but the trio of Price and juniors Michael Dennis and Andrew Gleichert all contributed with multiple starts in helping transform the position into a strength for the offense. Price caught 17 passes for 210 yards and ranked second on the team with four touchdown receptions.

A former offensive line coach at Michigan State in the mid-1990s, Bollman's insight has also played a critical role in developing one of the top offensive lines in the country. All five starters received postseason recognition in 2013 and three players in 2014 picked up All-Big Ten honors, including Allen, who was named a first-team All-American by USA TODAY. Four of MSU's five starters garnered All-Big Ten accolades in 2015, including two first-team All-Americans in Allen and Conklin. Conklin went on to become a first-round NFL Draft selection by Tennessee (No. 8 overall in 2016) and earned first-team All-Pro honors as a rookie in 2016.

The Buckeyes compiled a 100-28 overall record (.781) during Bollman's tenure as offensive coordinator from 2001-11 (Ohio State had to vacate 12 wins from the 2010 season), including seven Big Ten Championships. The Buckeyes achieved seven 10-win (or more) seasons during that stretch, and he coached in 11 bowl games, including eight BCS games (2003 BCS National Championship, 2004 Fiesta, 2006 Fiesta, 2007 BCS National Championship, 2008 BCS National Championship, 2009 Fiesta, 2010 Rose, 2011 Sugar).

Under Bollman's offensive direction at Ohio State, his players earned first-team All-Big Ten honors 21 times, including quarterback Troy Smith, who captured the 2006 Heisman Trophy and also earned the Walter Camp Award, Davey O'Brien Award, AP Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year his senior season. While at OSU, Bollman also mentored 17 linemen that went on to make NFL rosters, and he has worked with more than 60 players overall that have played professionally during his coaching career. In addition, six Buckeyes on the offensive side of the ball were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft during Bollman's tenure.

Prior to arriving at Ohio State, Bollman coached three seasons in the NFL. He was the tight ends coach under Ray Rhodes for one year at Philadelphia (1998) and was with the Chicago Bears for two seasons (1999-2000) as a tight ends coach under Dick Jauron.

Before jumping to the professional ranks, Bollman spent three seasons as the offensive line coach at Michigan State (1995-97). Bollman tutored Flozell Adams, who was named the 1997 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and went on to become a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Spartan offensive linemen earned All-Big Ten recognition on six occasions under Bollman as Michigan State made three consecutive bowl appearances (1995 Independence, 1996 Sun, 1997 Aloha).

Bollman served as the offensive line coach at Virginia for four seasons (1991-94) and helped the Cavaliers to three bowl games (1991 Gator, 1993 Carquest, 1994 Independence). At UVA, Bollman mentored two recipients of the Jacobs Trophy as the ACC's top blocker (Ray Roberts in 1991; Mark Dixon in 1993); Roberts was also a first-team All-American in 1991 and a first-round NFL Draft choice by the Seahawks in 1992.

During Bollman's five seasons at Youngstown State under Tressel from 1986-90, the Penguins amassed a 34-25 record (.576) and advanced to the NCAA I-AA Playoffs three times. Bollman was the defensive coordinator at YSU in 1986-88 and switched over to become the offensive coordinator in 1989-90. Dantonio was the secondary coach for the Penguins in 1986-88 and became the defensive coordinator in 1989-90 when Bollman made the change to offense.

Prior to his stint at Youngstown State, Bollman was assistant head coach for three years at North Carolina State. He guided the Wolfpack's offensive line in 1983 and `84, and worked with the inside linebackers during the `85 season.

Bollman began his coaching career at Miami-Ohio as a graduate assistant in 1977, then served MU as offensive line coach from 1978-82.

A standout offensive lineman at Ohio University where he co-captained the Bobcats as a senior, Bollman received his bachelor's degree in business education from Ohio in 1977.

Born Dec. 1, 1954, in Ashtabula, Ohio, Bollman's family includes his wife Terri and two daughters, Courtney and Stephanie.

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