Ryan Day’s first hire as Ohio State’s head coach is a big one. On Wednesday night, Day officially named Mike Yurcich of Oklahoma State as the Buckeyes’ new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.
“I am really excited to announce that Mike is joining the Ohio State staff,” Day said. “Mike is not only an Ohioan coming home, but he is also an extremely talented coach who has enjoyed success throughout his career. His Oklahoma State offenses have been among the most proficient in college football and I look forward to welcoming and introducing Mike and his family to our staff, players and community.”
Yurcich agreed to a two-year contract worth $950,000 per year. News of the impending hire was previously reported by Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward. The Buckeyes beat out a dogged pursuit from Tennessee, which had reportedly been looking to name him offensive coordinator and was believed to have put forth a seven-figure offer.
A native of Euclid, Ohio, Yurcich played quarterback in college in the late 1990s for California University of Pennsylvania. Quickly climbing the coaching ladder, he spent the past six seasons directing Oklahoma State’s offense after being plucked from the Division II coaching ranks by Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys finished No. 10 this season in total offense and have consistently ranked among the most efficient offenses in the country during Yurcich’s time in Stillwater.
Yurcich has a reputation as a great developer of quarterbacks, having coached Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State. Rudolph passed for more than 4,000 yards in 2017 and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He was chosen in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yurcich also had success at the lower level. His work with quarterback Zach Zulli in 2012 at Shippensberg was pivotal in helping him gain the attention of Gundy. That season, Zulli passed for 4.747 yards and 54 touchdowns and won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top Division II football player.