Former Sandy Valley star and Akron and Ohio State assistant coach comes to OU after three successful seasons as Stony Brook head coach

A homecoming awaits Jeff Boals.

The Sandy Valley High School and Ohio University graduate is returning to Athens as the Bobcats' new men's basketball coach after a successful run at Stony Brook.

Ohio Athletics officially will introduce Boals at 11 a.m., Monday. The school announced his hiring Sunday.

"I am incredibly grateful and honored to return home to my alma mater as the head men's basketball at Ohio University," Boals said in a statement released by the school. "My family and I are thrilled to see my coaching career come full circle with this opportunity. Sincere thanks to (Ohio president) Dr. (M. Duane) Nellis and to (athletic director) Jim Schaus for their confidence in me to lead the young men of Ohio both on and off the court."

Boals is a 1995 Ohio graduate, lettering four years for the Bobcats. He was a captain each of his final two seasons, which were among the most memorable in program history. Playing alongside All-American Gary Trent, Boals helped Ohio win the Mid-American Conference championship and reach the NCAA Tournament his junior season before winning the Preseason NIT title his senior year at Madison Square Garden (a run highlighted by wins over Ohio State and Virginia).

Before becoming an Ohio Bobcat, Boals was a high-scoring forward for the Sandy Valley Cardinals. As a senior, the 6-foot-7 Boals earned first team Division III All-Ohio honors when he averaged 30.9 points per game and helped the Cardinals win a district title.

Boals spent the last three seasons as head coach at Stony Brook, guiding the Seawolves to an overall record of 55-41, including 24-8 this past season. Stony Brook was awaiting its second postseason bid in three years on Sunday night. Under Boals, the Seawolves have gone 31-17 in the America East Conference, including 12-4 this season. Five of his players earned All-America East honors of some sort this season, including the defensive player of the year and the sixth man of the year.

"I am ecstatic about our hiring of Jeff Boals to lead our men's basketball program," Schaus said in a statement released by Ohio. "He is the perfect fit for us and checks all the boxes. Of course, Jeff is a Bobcat and former player so he understands what it is like to play and succeed here. Jeff is a proven head coach with a wealth of successful coaching experience during his career He is well-respected for his knowledge of the game and knows how to develop players. He is a great person that will relate well to his players, assistant coaches, staff and fans. The future is bright for Ohio men's basketball with Jeff Boals leading the way. I can't wait for him to get started!"

Boals' coaching career has included stops at Charleston (W.Va.), Marshall and Robert Morris before becoming a top assistant to Keith Dambrot at Akron for three seasons (2006-09) and to Thad Matta at Ohio State for seven seasons (2009-16). He helped the Zips reach three straight MAC title games and win the MAC tournament in 2009 to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1986. At Ohio State he was key in recruiting players such as Jared Sullinger, D'Angelo Russell and Aaron Craft. Boals helped the Buckeyes win at least a share of three Big Ten titles, reach six NCAA Tournaments and advance to the 2012 Final Four.

Boals and his wife, Katie, have two children, Sydney and Chase.