Jeff Hafley (born April 4, 1979) is an American football coach who is the head coach of Boston College.[3][4]

Jeff Hafley
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamBoston College
Annual salary$3 million [1]
Biographical details
Born (1979-04-04) April 4, 1979 (age 43)
Montvale, New Jersey[2]
Alma materSiena College
Playing career
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2001WPI (RB)
2002–2003Albany (DA)
2004–2005Albany (DB)
2006–2007Pittsburgh (DA)
2008–2010Pittsburgh (DB)
2011Rutgers (DB)
2012Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Asst. DB)
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DB)
2014–2015Cleveland Browns (DB)
2016–2018San Francisco 49ers (DB)
2019Ohio State (co-DC/DB)
2020–presentBoston College
Head coaching record

Raised in Montvale, New Jersey, Hafley played prep football at Pascack Hills High School.[5]

Hafley was a four-year letterman (1997–2000) as a wide receiver on the Siena Saints football team and graduated in 2001 from Siena College with a bachelor's degree in history. He earned a master's degree from the University at Albany, SUNY in 2003.[6]


Before entering the NFL ranks, Hafley spent 11 years on the collegiate sidelines with coaching stints at Worcester Polytechnic (2001), Albany (2002–05), Pittsburgh (2006–10) and Rutgers (2011). While at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights were the ninth-ranked passing defense in the country and Duron Harmon earned first-team All-Big East honors and Logan Ryan received second-team accolades. Both Harmon and Ryan were drafted by and played for the New England Patriots.[7]

In 2012, Hafley made his NFL coaching debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joined the Bucs as assistant defensive backs coach and spent 2013 as the secondary coach/safeties. In 2013, Hafley oversaw a unit which helped Tampa Bay finish tied for third in the NFL with 21 interceptions.[citation needed] On January 27, 2014, Hafley was hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach the secondary. Hafley would remain in this role for 2 seasons (2014–15), before being relieved of his duties due to a coaching overhaul.[citation needed] On January 24, 2016, Hafley was hired by San Francisco 49ers' new head coach Chip Kelly to coach the defensive backs.[8] In 2019, he was hired to be the co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State. Hafley quickly established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country, being ranked ninth overall recruiter for the 2020 class by[9] On December 13, 2019, he was hired to be the head coach at Boston College after the firing of Steve Addazio.[10]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2020–present)
2020 Boston College 6–5 5–5 T–6th [a 1]
2021 Boston College 6–6 2–6 T–6th (Atlantic) Military[a 2]
2022 Boston College 0–0 0–0 (Atlantic)
Boston College: 12–11 7–11
Total: 12–11
  1. ^ Despite being bowl eligible, Boston College was the first of many NCAA programs to withdraw from postseason participation, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ The Military Bowl was cancelled the day before it was scheduled due to positive COVID-19 cases in the Boston College program.

Personal lifeEdit

Hafley is the father of two daughters, Hope (born 2016) and Leah (born 2019).[11]


  1. ^ "A JERSEY GUY: BC Hires OSU's Jeff Hafley".
  2. ^ Friedman, Jackie. "New Rutgers assistant coach Jeff Hafley eager to start bringing Jersey talent to football program", The Star-Ledger, December 23, 2010. Accessed February 8, 2016. "Jeff Hafley is coming home — and hoping to keep some of New Jersey's best talent here with him. The 31-year-old Montvale native who has served as a coach at Pittsburgh for the last five seasons is joining Greg Schiano's staff at Rutgers."
  3. ^ "Ohio State confirms Greg Mattison, San Francisco 49ers DBS coach Jeff Hafley will serve as co-DCS". January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jeff Hafley, Greg Mattison named Ohio State co-defensive coordinators".
  5. ^ Tartaglia, Greg. "Jeff Hafley, a Bergen County native, starts new journey as Boston College football coach", The Record, February 4, 2020. Accessed August 31, 2021. "Hafley, who grew up in Montvale, played JV football for Dunn before moving up to varsity. He spent time at quarterback, receiver and safety for a Pascack Hills team that went from 0-9 his junior year to 7-2 his senior season."
  6. ^ "Jeff Hafley - Football Coach".
  7. ^ "Cleveland Browns: Jeff Hafley".
  8. ^ David Fucillo (January 25, 2016). "49ers hire Browns secondary coach Jeff Hafley for same role, per Alex Marvez". Niners Nation.
  9. ^ "Jeff Hafley is the 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year". 247Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "BC names Ohio State assistant Hafley new coach". December 14, 2019. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "First-year college football coaches facing 'extreme challenges' in wake of coronavirus pandemic". Retrieved March 31, 2020.

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