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Former Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major back at Ohio State

Former Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major is back at Ohio State as director of recruiting and player development.
Former Charlotte 49ers coach Alan Major is back at Ohio State as director of recruiting and player development. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Former Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball coach Alan Major has returned to Ohio State, where he has been hired as director of recruiting and player development.

Major, who parted ways with the 49ers after the 2014-15 season, came to Charlotte after serving for six years as an assistant at Ohio State under coach Thad Matta. Major was also with Matta at Xavier for three seasons.

“It’ll be making each guy my own individual project, sitting down with each player, through a lot of time, conversation and trust,” Major said at a news conference. “It’s not going to take overnight. We’ll help each get a snapshot of themselves as a player and a student. We want to figure out how to maximize each guy.”

The 49ers were 67-70 in five seasons under Major. He took two medical leaves of absence during his final year with the program.

“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in a statement. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”

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