Koetter Hires Tom Osborne to Complete Football Coaching Staff
Dec. 14, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State head football coach Dirk Koetter announced Thursday that he will hire Tom Osborne, Oregon's tight end and special team's coach for the past six years, as assistant head coach and coach of the tight ends and special teams at Arizona State.
Koetter has now filled his entire football staff for the 2001 season. However, before joining Koetter's staff, Osborne will continue to coach Oregon through the Holiday Bowl against Texas.
Osborne has spent the past six seasons at Oregon as its tight ends and special team's coach. During that time Osborne has drawn acclaim as one of the top assistant coaches in the Pac-10.
This year, Osborne had three players earn Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week honors (Keith Lewis, Kurtis Doerr and Josh Frankel), the most of any school. Oregon's explosive kickoff return team averaged 22.5 yards per return, tops in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally. Under Osborn's tutelage Allan Amundson averaged nearly 24 yards per return, second in the Pac-10 and 24th nationally.
The punting unit was also the tops in the conference with a net average of 37.7 yards per game. Oregon also converted on 41 of 43 point after kicks. In addition, the Ducks kickoff coverage unit held opponents to only 16 yards per touch, also first in the Pac-10.
During a coaching career, which has met with success wherever he has gone, the 19-year coaching veteran has coached 11 All-Americans, 10 first-team all-conference standouts and eight second-team all-league honorees.
Special teams player Jermaine Hanspard earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, while a trio of special teams standouts imperative to Oregon's success earned second-team all-conference accolades in 1999 -- punter Kurtis Doerr, return specialist Michael Fletcher and Dietrich Moore.
Oregon has long made a habit of involving its tight ends in all phases of its offense, yet Osborne has raised that productivity to new levels. He oversaw the development of the school's top two pass catching tight ends of all time in Josh Wilcox (1993-96) and Blake Spence (1994-97), with four of his protï¿½gï¿½s logging time in the NFL during his Oregon tenure.
The 2000 season featured the tight end combination of LaCorey Collins and Justin Peele. The pair gained 550 yards, averaged 16.0 yards per catch and scored six touchdowns.
Over the previous five years, the Ducks' tight ends have averaged 51 catches for 738 yards and seven touchdowns under his tutelage, with Wilcox, Spence and Jed Weaver each acquiring All-America acclaim.
But in addition to his expertise on the offensive side of the football, the personable Osborne has transformed the Ducks' special teams into arguably the best in the Pac-10, if not the country. The program's specialty units have accounted for nine touchdowns, 19 deflected kicks and one safety during his tenure.
Under Osborne's supervision, Oregon has ranked either first or second in the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage every year. They are also among the league's top three in kickoff returns five of the last six seasons (including fourth in the country in `99 and eighth in `97). Additionally, Oregon has placed in the top three in the league in net punting on four occasions (fifth in the nation in `98, 19th in `97).
Prior to joining the Oregon staff, he coached running backs and tight ends while serving as recruiting coordinator at Boise State under Pokey Allen for two seasons (1993-94). During his stay, tailback K.C. Adams set the school record for all-purpose yards, with the second-team All-American ranked seventh in the nation in 1994.
A 1983 graduate of Washington State, he played wide receiver for the Cougars and served as a student coach (1981-82) and GA (1983-85) at his alma mater.
*Born: Sept. 27, 1960 in Tacoma, Washington
*Personal: Wife, Monica, and son, Tyler (5-16-94), and daughter Ashley (4-3-96)
*Education: M.A. in Athletic Administration, Washington State, 1984, B.S. in Business, Washington State, 1983, Mark Morris (Longview, Wash.) High School
*Coaching Career - 20th Year: Tight Ends/Special Teams, Oregon (1995-present), Tight Ends/Running Backs, Boise State (1993-94), Tight Ends/Running Backs, Portland State (1991-92), Running Backs, Portland State (1986-90), Graduate Assistant, Washington State (1983-85), Student Coach, Washington State (1981-82)