Jim Bollman
Jim  Bollman

Co-Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends



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Michigan State 45 - Purdue 31

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.

Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.

Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue

Jim Bollman, who has 37 years of coaching experience, both at the collegiate and professional levels, is in his second year as the co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. 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 are now seventh in the FBS in scoring (43.1 ppg.) and 13th in total offense (496.5 ypg.). The Spartans have already set school single-season records for points (517), total offense (5,958 yards), offensive touchdowns (64), rushing touchdowns (40) and made point-after attempts (66).

Sophomore Josiah Price, an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media, leads the tight ends for the second straight year with 23 catches for 347 yards, and his career-high five touchdown receptions rank second on the team. MSU's four-man rotation at tight end, which also includes Andrew Gleichert, Paul Lang and Jamal Lyles, provides key blocking support for MSU's record-breaking offense, which has set numerous school records in 2014. The group has helped the Spartans average 234.9 yards on the ground, the highest rushing figure in the Dantonio era.

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 coached in his ninth BCS Bowl and 18th postseason game overall 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.

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.

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.


PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Graduate assistant coach (1977) and offensive line coach (1978-82) at Miami-Ohio; assistant head coach and offensive line (1983-84) and linebackers (1985) at North Carolina State; defensive coordinator (1986-88) and offensive coordinator (1989-90) at Youngstown State; offensive line (1991-94) at Virginia; offensive line (1995-97) at Michigan State; offensive coordinator and offensive line (2001-2011) at Ohio State; offensive line/running game coordinator (2012) at Boston College; Professional - Tight ends coach (1998) at Philadelphia Eagles; tight ends coach (1999-2000) at Chicago Bears.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in business education from Ohio in 1977.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Four-year letterman as an offensive lineman at Ohio (1972-76).

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach - 1987 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, 1989 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, 1990 NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs, 1991 Gator, 1993 Carquest, 1994 Independence, 1995 Independence, 1996 Sun, 1997 Aloha, 2002 Outback, 2003 BCS National Championship, 2004 Fiesta, 2004 Alamo, 2006 Fiesta, 2007 BCS National Championship, 2008 BCS National Championship, 2009 Fiesta, 2010 Rose, 2011 Sugar, 2012 Gator, 2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton.