Coach Jon Osterhout

 

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President of LWG 

 

Former All-American Jon Osterhout amassed 11 years of experience coaching at the Division I level prior to creating Linemen Win Games, LLC in 2011. In its inaugural year, 11 LWG clients also signed scholarships to play at the next level and through 5 years in business, over 45 student-athletes have moved on to play collegiately on scholarship.

In conjunction with coordinating the elite training program, Osterhout also joined the American River College staff as the offensive line coach in 2011 and was named the Head Football Coach in January of 2014. Under the direction of Head Coach Jerry Haflich, Osterhout helped the Beavers to their first undefeated season as the team shattered numerous offensive records in 2011.

Prior to 2011, Coach Osterhout spent three years (in his second tenure) as Sacramento State’s defensive line coach. In 2008, Osterhout’s impact on the line was directly felt as the team limited the opposition to just 97.2 yards per game. That total was the lowest in the Big Sky Conference, the best in the school’s Div. I-AA/FCS era, and the second best all-time in Hornet history.

The defensive line also proved to be strong against the pass, tallying 31 sacks on the season. By 2010, Osterhout had helped Christian Clark and Zach Nash to postseason accolades including 2nd Team All-America honors by The Sports Network and the Associated Press (Nash).  Clark earned his third Big Sky postseason honor after recording 36 total tackles, including 5.5 for loss. Clark finished his career ranked sixth in school history with 31 career tackles-for-loss. He is also tied for third with 19.5 career sacks.  Zach Nash who is currently with the Arizona Cardinals also led the Big Sky in sacks (13.0) and tackles-for-loss (16.5) that year.  Osterhout also took over as the team’s recruiting coordinator in 2008 and guided the Hornets first recruiting class to the second best in the Football Championship Subdivision by Rivals.com.

From 2006-2008 Coach Osterhout was a graduate assistant for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, working extensively with the defensive line. In 2007, he assisted as the Huskers broke in four new starters on the defensive front. In his first year at NU, Osterhout helped develop a unit that included 2006 Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year Adam Carriker, who was selected as the 13th overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, and Jay Moore, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round.

He also mentored Detroit Lions  defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for two years. As a senior in 2009, Suh became one of the most decorated defensive players in college football history. He won numerous awards including the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. He was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing fourth.

 Prior to Nebraska, Osterhout spent four of his six years on the Hornet coaching staff as the team’s defensive line coach. He also served as camp director for two years. He began coaching the defensive line in 2002 and under his leadership; Sacramento State allowed nearly 90 fewer rushing yards per game and had 12 more quarterback sacks. That same season, defensive linemen Eric Broden, Bilal Watkins and Brad Osterhout (his brother) each garnered all-Big Sky.

Two years later, the defense set the school’s FCS/Div. I-AA era record with 33 sacks during the season. Nearly one third of that total came from defensive end Jacob Houston who earned second team all-Big Sky honors. Osterhout continued the unit’s progress the following year and saw two of his players (Mike Brannon and Walter Brock) earn all- Big Sky honors.

As a player, Osterhout starred for the Hornets from 1995-99. During that span, he played nearly every position on the offensive line and was integral in helping Charles Roberts shatter numerous school, Big Sky and national records. Following his senior season, Osterhout was a first-team All-America and signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

Osterhout is regarded as one of the toughest players ever to wear a Hornet uniform as he started on the offensive line in each of his four active seasons. He was also a two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection and was the team’s captain, most valuable player and most inspirational players as a senior. He was one of nine players inducted to the school’s football hall of fame in May 2008.

A native of Roseville, Calif., Osterhout was a football and baseball star at Oakmont High School. In football, he was a first team all-Capital Athletic League selection and a second team all-Metro pick by the Sacramento Bee as a senior.

Osterhout graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in communication studies and masters in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific. He married former Hornet volleyball player Alison Gahr in the summer of 2005 and the couple are currently raising two wonderful children, Hudson & Chelsea.