Mike Cavanaugh Officially Named Assistant Coach

March 21, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Mike Cavanaugh has been officially named assistant football coach at Oregon State University. Cavanaugh will serve as the program's offensive line coach, enabling head coach Mike Riley to shift coaching responsibilities within the staff.

'I'm very excited about joining Mike Riley's staff and I can't wait to get started with spring practice,' Cavanaugh said. 'I'm impressed with the staff at Oregon State and the ability to work in the Pac-10 Conference is a terrific opportunity.'

Cavanaugh, a 1986 graduate of Southern Connecticut University, spent six seasons at the University of Hawai'i as the offensive line coach. He coached five NFL draft selections during his Warrior tenure.

The 42-year-old Cavanaugh helped Hawai'i finish in the top 17 for total offense in each of the last four seasons, including second in 2002 at 495.6 yards per game. Hawai'i was sixth in 2003 (488.1), seventh in 2001 (462.7) and 17th in 2004 (434.0). The Warriors are known for their passing attack, yet during the Cavanaugh tenure the team allowed just one sack on every 26 attempts.

During his career at the Manoa campus, the Warriors played in four bowl games, including a 23-17 victory over Oregon State in the 1999 Oahu Bowl.

Cavanaugh began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany in New York. His college career also includes assistant positions at Wesleyan University and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, Alma College and Ferris State University in Michigan, and Murray State University in Kentucky.

He also has experience in the National Football League serving as the assistant offensive line/quality control coach for the San Diego Chargers for the 1997 and '98 seasons.

Cavanaugh played college football at New Haven from 1981-82 before transferring to Southern Connecticut State where he earned a bachelor's degree (1986) in physical education.

Jim Gilstrap, the former offensive line coach, is now the running backs coach and Lee Hull moves to receivers coach. Hull was the former running backs coach.

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