Coach Osterhout returns for his fourth season at American River College and was named the interim Head Football Coach on January 27th 2014. Osterhout took over the offensive play calling duties this past season for a unit that finished 5th in the state in points per game 7th in rushing and 8th in total offense during the 2012 season. Under the direction of Coach Haflich and the offensive staff, Osterhout has helped the Beavers shatter numerous offensive records and helped lead them to their first undefeated season in 2011. His tutelage in the offensive line the past two years has aided 13 offensive linemen move on to four year colleges.
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. 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).
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.
Prior to Nebraska, Osterhout spent four of his six years on the Hornet coaching staff as the team’s defensive line coach. 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.
As a player, Osterhout starred for the Hornets from 1995-99. Following his senior season, Osterhout was a first-team All-America and signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins. He was also a two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection and was the team’s captain, most valuable player and most inspirational player 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 two sport athlete in football and baseball 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 is currently completing his master’s in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific. He married former Hornet volleyball player Alison Gahr in the summer of 2005 and the couple have two children, Hudson & Chelsea Osterhout.