Jim Bollman | Michigan State University

Team: Michigan State University
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Co-OffCoor./TE
Hometown: Ashtabula, Ohio


Jim Bollman, who has 38 years of coaching experience, both at the collegiate and professional levels, is in his third year as the co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach for the Spartans. Bollman, who spent 11 years as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Ohio State (2001-11), was named co-offensive coordinator on March 4, 2013.

Bollman has been instrumental in transforming MSU’s offense into one of the most dynamic in the nation. Prior to Bollman’s arrival, the Spartans ranked 95th in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense (359.3 ypg.) and 108th in scoring offense (20.0 ppg.) in 2012. 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.).

Sophomore Josiah Price, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, led the tight ends for the second straight year with 26 catches for 374 yards, and his career-high six touchdown receptions tied a school record by a Spartan tight end in a single season. MSU’s four-man rotation at tight end, which also included Andrew Gleichert, Paul Lang and Jamal Lyles, provided key blocking support for MSU’s record-breaking offense. The group helped the Spartans average 235.2 yards on the ground, the highest rushing figure in the Mark Dantonio era.

Bollman preaches balance on offense, and it led to Michigan State being one of just three teams in the NCAA FBS to average more than 235 yards in both rushing and passing in 2014. The Spartans averaged 235.2 yards rushing with a school-record 44 TDs and 265.6 yards passing with 26 TDs. Twelve different offensive players scored touchdowns, including 10 with at least two touchdowns.

Michigan State also controlled the line of scrimmage offensively, ranking No. 1 in the NCAA FBS in time of possession (35:21). The offense was not only incredibly productive in 2014, but also remarkably efficient, scoring on 49 percent of its possessions, including a 41 percent success rate for touchdowns.

Bollman coached in his ninth BCS Bowl as the Spartans defeated No. 5 Stanford in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game. He was the offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes during their 2002 National Championship season and has coached in three BCS National Championship Games. Ohio State compiled a 100-28 (.781) record during his tenure as offensive coordinator from 2001-11.

Under the tutelage of Bollman, the Spartan tight ends showed tremendous growth during the 2013 season. The entire group had a combined five starts entering the season, but the trio of Price and juniors Michael Dennis and Gleichert all contributed with multiple starts in helping create 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 junior center Jack Allen, who was named a first-team All-American by USA TODAY.

Bollman and Dantonio have coached together before on three previous occasions: 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).

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). 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 23 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 15 linemen that went on to make NFL rosters, and he has worked with 29 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).

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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