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Rob Harley
Rob  Harley

Graduate Assistant / Defense & Special Teams


No. 20 Spartans Welcome No. 14 Ohio State for Big Ten Opener

MSU and Ohio State set to meet Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

Former Ohio State safety Rob Harley enters his second year as graduate assistant at Michigan State. Harley will assist the defensive staff by focusing his efforts on the defensive line, while also coaching special teams.

In his first season as a graduate assistant in 2012, Harley worked with the offensive staff, primarily with the skill players.

He joined the Spartan coaching staff after spending two years as a defensive backs/linebackers coach and assistant special teams coordinator at NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio. The Panthers joined the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the 2010 and 2011 seasons marked the program's first two at the Division II level. During his two-year stint, Harley tutored four Division II All-Ohio and four All-GLIAC selections as well as 11 student-athletes who earned GLIAC All-Academic honors.

Born and raised in Chicago, Harley was a member of Ohio State's 2002 National Championship team. He earned three letters as a strong safety for Coach Jim Tressel and helped the Buckeyes to a combined record of 29-8 from 2003-05, including three-straight postseason bowl appearances (2003 Fiesta, 2004 Alamo and 2006 Fiesta). Harley earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ohio State in 2006. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology from Michigan State.

His great-great uncle Chic Harley was Ohio State's first three-time All-American. Due largely to his popularity as a player, the Buckeyes quickly outgrew the 20,000-seat Ohio Field and inspired the construction of Ohio Stadium, nicknamed "The House That Harley Built."

Prior to pursuing a career in coaching, Harley served as a college football color commentator for ESPN and worked as a sideline reporter for the Big Ten Network.

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