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Former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant coach Perry Eliano hired by Toledo Rockets

A former Ohio State Buckeyes assistant isn’t going far within the state to find his new coaching home.

According to ESPN’s Pete Thamel, former OSU safeties coach Perry Eliano is being hired by Toledo as the team’s newest cornerbacks coach.

September 3, 2022;  Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes provide security for coach Perry Eliano during the NCAA football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio Stadium.  Mandatory credit: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports

September 3, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes provide security for coach Perry Eliano during the NCAA football game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports / Adam Cairns-USA TODAY Sports

“Sources: Toledo hires Perry Eliano as the school’s new corners coach. He is a former assistant at Ohio State, Cincinnati and New Mexico. He also coached Sauce Gardner for two years at Cincinnati.” Thamel tweeted.

Eliano was not re-signed by the Buckeyes after the end of last season, so he had to find his feet elsewhere.

The Rockets lost a first-round NFL talent in the secondary earlier this season, when cornerback Quinyon Mitchell was selected No. 22 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles last April. Eliano will look to recapture some of that magic by taking over the secondary.

Eliano began his coaching career as the running backs/receivers coach for Central Arkansas in 2003. After returning to his home state of Texas to coach cornerbacks at Sam Houston in 2005, he returned to Central Arkansas in 2006 and remained the secondary coach for the team until 2009 before adding the role of associate head coach in 2010.

Returning to Texas in 2011, Eliano joined the UTSA Roadrunners in San Antonio as a special teams coordinator. After leaving the Lone Star State again in 2015, he made stops at Bowling Green (2016-17), New Mexico (2018-19), Cincinnati (2020-21) before being hired by Ohio State in 2022.

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