Hazell has been assistant head coach to Jim Tressel since 2005 and has also coached wide receivers.
The school has been searching for its 20th coach since Doug Martin resigned with a few weeks left in the season.
Athletic director Joel Nielsen interviewed a dozen candidates, including four on KSU's campus: Hazell, Alabama wide receivers coach Curt Cignetti, Texas wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, and Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis.
Hazell has 23 years in coaching, including at schools like Rutgers, West Virginia, the U.S. Military Academy and Western Michigan. He's a native of New Jersey and a former standout player at Muskingum College.
Kent State went 5-7 in Martin's final season and 29-53 in his seven seasons overall.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.