Jeff Hafley (born April 4, 1979) is an American football coach who is currently the head coach of Boston College. 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.
|Born||April 4, 1979|
Montvale, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|2002–2003||Albany (defensive assistant)|
|2006–2007||Pittsburgh (defensive assistant)|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Assistant secondary)|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (secondary)|
|2014–2015||Cleveland Browns (secondary)|
|2016–2018||San Francisco 49ers (secondary)|
|2019||Ohio State (co-DC/secondary)|
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 have played for the New England Patriots.
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. 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. On January 24, 2016, Hafley was hired by San Francisco 49ers' new head coach Chip Kelly to coach the defensive backs. 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 fourth overall recruiter for the 2020 class by 247Sports.com. On December 13, 2019, he was hired to be the head coach at Boston College after the firing of Steve Addazio.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Boston College Eagles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2020–present)|
NFL head coaches under whom Jeff Hafley has served:
- Greg Schiano: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012–2013)
- Mike Pettine: Cleveland Browns (2014–2015)
- Chip Kelly: San Francisco 49ers (2016)
- Kyle Shanahan: San Francisco 49ers (2017–2018)
College head coaches under whom Jeff Hafley has served:
- 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."
- "Cleveland Browns: Jeff Hafley". www.clevelandbrowns.com.
- David Fucillo (January 25, 2016). "49ers hire Browns secondary coach Jeff Hafley for same role, per Alex Marvez". Niners Nation.
- "Jeff Hafley is the 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year". 247Sports. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
- "BC names Ohio State assistant Hafley new coach". ESPN.com. 2019-12-14. Retrieved 2019-12-14.