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Interim Head Coach

Jon Osterhout


Jon Osterhout

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.

Assistant Coaches

Lou Baiz

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

Lou Baiz is in his first season as Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach for the Beavers. He spent the last two seasons at Folsom High School as the DC and the team finished the season 28-2 and won two section championships.

During his time at Sacramento State, 32 of his players have earned all-Big Sky honors. That list includes five players who earned the honor in 2009. He has also coached six All-Americans (Ryland Wickman, Anthony Daisley, Matt Logue, Cyrus Mulitalo, Brent Webber, and Mike Brannon) and 12 Big Sky all-academic selections.

Baiz also served as the Hornets’ defensive coordinator from 2006-2009. In his first year, he guided a unit which was one of the most effective in the Big Sky. Among the eight players that were named all-converence were a pair of linebackers who were taught directly by Baiz. Mulitalo earned honorable mention All-America honors after recording a team-high 120 tackles, including 11.5 for loss. Safety Brent Webber was also named third team All-American after ranking second in Div.I-AA with six interceptions. The following year, the team had eight players named all-Big Sky. Mulitalo and Brannon also garnered All-America honors from The Sports Network.

In 2008, Sacramento State led the Big Sky in rushing defense after allowing just 99.1 yards per game against conference foes. The team also ranked second in total defense, giving up 353.8 yards per game in Big Sky play. Individually, Mulitalo and Brannon each earned honorable mention All-America honors and defensive tackle Dallas Mauga joined the two on the all-Big Sky first team.

After one season of working with the defensive ends, Baiz returned to coaching the linebackers in 2004. Under his watch, both Jimmy Ellingson and Logue were named second team all-Big Sky. Ellingson ended the season with 132 total tackles while Logue tallied 89 to rank as the team’s top two tacklers. In 2005, Logue totaled 105 tackles and was named the co-Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year.

Baiz spent three years working in the San Diego State program as a graduate assistant before joining the Sacramento State staff in 1994. A native of Claremont, CA, Baiz worked with the offensive line, tight ends and linebackers in his time at San Diego State. The 1991 Aztecs finished 8-4 and earned a berth in the Freedom Bowl.

The Most Inspirational Player for Sacramento State in 1990, Baiz joined the Hornets in 1998 from Citrus College and was a standout linebacker for strong prep teams at Claremont High School.

He graduated from Sacramento State in 1991 with a degree in social science. Baiz added a master’s degree in recreation administration from Sacramento State in June of 1999. He and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of 10-year old twins, Reece and Shea.

Chris Marshall

Defense Assistant/Defensive Backs

Coach Marshall is a graduate of CSUS ’09 with a degree in psychology and a graduate of Grand Canyon University ’13 with a masters in Professional Counseling. Coach Marshall played wide receiver and defensive back at ARC in 2001 and 2002. He then went on to play defensive back at Northern Michigan University for a season. Coach Marshall returned to Sac State to finish Bachelor’s degree and began coaching Baseball at Grant High in Sacramento from 2004 - 2012. Coach Marshall spent four football seasons (2009-2012) coaching defensive backs at Grant High before joining the staff at ARC in 2013 as the Defensive Backs Coach.

Mason Mitchell

Defense Assistant/Defensive Line

Coach Mitchell is in year two with the Beavers and looks to lead the Defensive Line to another productive year. Mason started his football career at Powerhouse Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, Ca. He played all 4 years at Poly earning 1st team honors in the Moore League. After graduating from Long Beach Poly in 2000 he earned a Football Scholarship to CSU, Sacramento. While playing at Sac State he played Defensive Line for current Beaver Head Coach Jon Osterhout and Defensive Coordinator Lou Baiz. Mason earned his B.S. degree in Social Science in 2005. He pursued his football career and played 2 years of Arena Football for the Stockton Lightning. He started his coaching career at local High School Luther Burbank and assisted their team and staff in gaining playoff births in the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. Coach Mitchell is currently enrolled to further his education in the Spring Semester of 2015 in Athletic Administration so he can become an athletic director of his own athletic program someday. Coach Mitchell is fortunate to have five of his former Beaver D-Lineman earn scholarships to 4 year university programs and hopes to do the same for all young men he is fortunate enough to coach.

Doug Grush

Offensive Coodinator/Quarterbacks

Coach Doug Grush returns to American River College, where he has both played and coached. He started his playing career at Mira Loma High School as a two-way starter on the football team as well as a Section Qualifier in Track and Field.

In 1988, Grush started 11 games at American River College and was named the “Outstand Freshman Offensive Player” for the 7-3-1 Beavers. 1989 saw the American River College Football Team go 9-2, ranked in the Top-20 in the nation and Grush being named First Team All-State.

After two seasons at American River College, Grush earned a scholarship to Kansas State University. During his two seasons at Kansas State in 1990 and 1991, Grush started at both offensive guard and tackle and was part of what is widely regarded as the “Greatest Turnaround in College Football History.”

In 1992 Grush return to Kansas State as a Student Assistant Coach while finishing his degree in Public Relations.

Upon returning home to Sacramento, Grush coached at his alma mater, American River College in 1993-1995 where he served as offensive line coach.

In 1996 Grush became offensive and defensive line coach at Bella Vista High School where he coached All-American Justin Bannan who went on to start for University of Colorado and in entering his 12 year in the NFL.

Grush was named Head Coach at Bella Vista in 1997. He served as head coach for the Broncos for 10 years.  In that time, he led stadium improvements such as permanent stadium lights and snack bar. Building Bella Vista into regular league title contenders, the Broncos make their first playoff appearance in 20 during the 2003 football season.

In 2008, Coach Grush became offensive line coach at Casa Roble High School where they finished 13-0 and Section Champions. In 2010 and 2010, he served as Offensive Coordinator. In 2011, the Rams finished with school records in yards per game (450 yards), points (45 per game) and only punted 18 times in 13 games.

Grush completed is Bachelors Degree from Kansas State in 1992 and earned his Master Degree in 2004. He’s entering his 17th year of teaching Physical Education at Bella Vista. He is married to wife Cindy and they have one son Kevin, a freshman at Bella Vista.

Josh Crabtree

Offense Assistant/Offensive Line

Coach Josh Crabtree enters his first year on staff at American River College as the offensive line coach. Crabtree joins the ARC staff after coaching at Sheldon High School for nine years. Before being named the head coach in December of 2009, Crabtree served as the head freshman and head JV coach, as well as varsity offensive coordinator under Coach Ed Lombardi. In Crabtree’s tenure as head coach, 8 Sheldon student-athletes earned football scholarships. Prior to his arrival at Sheldon, Coach Crabtree was the head varsity baseball coach at Bear Creek High School in Stockton. In his 5 year tenure at Bear Creek, 4 of his players earned baseball scholarships.

Originally from Stockton, California, Crabtree earned all-league and all-city honors in both football and baseball while at Bear Creek High School. Crabtree went on to play football and baseball at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In addition to a BA in Psychology, Crabtree also earned a Masters Degree in Education. Coach Crabtree and his wife Onallee live in Elk Grove with their two children Nari (7) and Nolan (5).

Michael Johnson Jr.

Offense Assistant/Wide Receivers

Mike is currently starting his second season coaching at American River Junior College where he will be coaching the wide receivers and returners. He is looking forward to a more successful year in 2014 and build on last year’s success. In 2013 Mike coached the wide receivers and returners, he helped mold Tyler Trosin into one of the most prolific wr’s and return specialist in ARC history in which Tyler became an all-state selection at wr and all-american return specialist. All four of his sophomore wr’s last year ended up moving on to play at four year universities. Tyler Trosin (Arkansas State), Daniel Thomas (Western Oregon University), Ference Lang (Weber State), Adonis Griffin (Southern Oregon).

He was the wide receivers coach for Sheldon High School (Elk Grove, CA) from 09-12 and was successful producing three Division 1 players Mansel Simmons (Washington State) Kyi Thomas (Sacramento State) Nate Iese (UCLA), One Division III player in Ben Alickovic (Univ of La Verne), and has produced multiple junior college players as well.

Mike played his college football at Sacramento State University from 98-02. Earning all Big Sky honors after the 2001 season, and also was named team captain for the 2002 season. He currently holds some Top 10 career receiving marks and multiple Top 20 marks in Sacramento State’s record books. After college he went on to play arena football as an offensive specialist, he was in camp with the Arizona Rattlers in 2004 and played for the Amarillo Dusters in 2005.

Mike is a son of former NFL wide receiver Butch Johnson who played 10 years in the NFL. He played 8yrs with the Dallas Cowboys and 2yrs with the Denver Broncos with appearances in Super Bowls XII, XIII as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Mike also has been working as an athletic performance trainer for 10 yrs and recently opened his own training facility in July of 2014 ( He owns Playmakers Elite Football, which is an off-season skills specific training program for wide receivers and defensive backs.

Sidney Robertson

Offense Assistant/Running Backs

Recruiting Coordinator

Coach Sid returns for his fourth season at American River College and will be coaching the running backs and will coordinate the recruiting efforts for ARC.  In his lone season on the offensive side of the football.  Coach Robertson produced 1st team unanimous all conference running back Drake Tofi.   Prior to coming over to the offensive staff Robertson was on the defensive staff in 2011 and 2012 as the defensive line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator. Under the direction of Coach Haflich and the defensive staff, Robertson helped lead them to their first undefeated season in 2011 and there first Valley Conference title in 2012 and their first appearance in the North Cal Championship. Robertson has aided 13 defensive linemen move on to four year colleges out of the 13 three of them were name All-Americans Ahkeem McKinney,  Charles Tua'au, and Cortez Woods and one All-Conference Manako Tuifua. 

Prior to 2011 Coach Robertson spent two years as Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Pasadena  City College. This is his fifth year coaching at the junior college level. Robertson began his football career playing at East High School his freshman year and played three years at Carson High School. There he received a "Second Team All City" award as a D-Line/O-Line. After high school he served a two year LDS church mission. He continued his football career after his mission at Mount San Antonio (Mt. Sac) college for two years. He then went on to play at the University of New Mexico Highlands for his last two years of college. Robertson is now happily married to his beautiful wife Lethe and is very excited for this season with the Beavers. 

Tami Wooden

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Coach Tami Wooden has been with ARC Football since our 07 season as one of our Strength and Conditioning Coaches. She had coaching stints previously at University of the Pacific (when they still had football), New Mexico State University, and Allen High School north of Dallas Texas.“Coach Jerry Haflich brought me on board because of my previous experience at the University level. It has been an honor and pleasure to help coach these young men with student-athlete success strategies!”.

   She holds a BS in Exercise Physiology,(CSU Sacramento), MS in Educational Counseling (National University) and an MA in Sport Science (University of the Pacific). Tami holds certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-1992) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and USA Weight Lifting Club Coach(1994). Staying involved with continuing education including nutrition and corrective exercise has also been important. Tami first began as a teacher in 1990 as part-time faculty at ARC and other community colleges in the area in the Kinesiology/Athletics/Health Education departments.

Tami’s passions of helping others achieve peak performance stems from her own athletic background as a 5 sports letter woman at Fairfield High School. Sports included Fast pitch Softball ( CA state champions at 15 and represented the USA in Taiwan), Track, Basketball, Volleyball and Tennis and then chose tennis at the University of Arkansas. Other athletic pursuits and passions have included body building, power lifting, railroad hand car races and mini triathlons. I have tried to follow in the footsteps of my family of College-Athletes, Coaches, Teachers and caring souls.

     Be strong, stay strong, Get er done... Tough times never last, but tough people do!

Jerry Kushner

Director of Football Operations

Jerry Kushner joined the ARC Football Staff in April of 2014. He will serve as the Director of Football Operations and Kicking Coach.

A native of Edmonton Alberta, Jerry graduated from Dickinson State in 1981with a BA in Business Administration and earned an MS in Kinesiology from Sacramento State in 2001. After college he spent a brief time with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL.

His coaching career started in 1982 as a coach with the Edmonton Wildcats which led to coaching jobs in North Dakota, Arizona and California. He served as an assistant at Sacramento State during the Mattos and Volek eras. Jerry previously was at ARC as the Running Backs Coach during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005 ARC played to a perfect 10-0 season and saw the team play in the Shrine Bowl. Additionally Jerry has coached high school football in the Sacramento area, most recently as the Defensive Coordinator at Laguna Creek High School.

Jerry is entering his 24th year of teaching and is currently a PE Teacher in Sacramento. Jerry and his wife Kathy currently live in Carmichael with their 3 dogs.

Ryan Gomes

Wide Receivers

Ryan has been involved in the game of football, either as a player or coach, for the past 23 years. A graduate of Delta High School where he played for Coach Steve Robards, Ryan was a part of four League and two Section Championship teams that finished ranked #1 in the State in 1992 and #2 in the State in 1993, going a combined 21-1 over two years. Ryan was an All-League selection both his Junior and Senior years. He was also honored as All-North Section 1st Team, All-Superior California, Honorable Mention All-State, and was elected into the Sacramento Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1995. Additionally, Ryan played and was an All-League selection in Basketball, Baseball, and Track & Field. Ryan attended Claremont McKenna College, a Division 3 school in Southern California, where he was an NCAA Varsity Football 3-Year Starter at wide receiver and earned a Bachelor degree in History and Economics..

Ryan began his coaching career at Claremont High School at the Freshman level. He coached at Laguna Creek High School from 2002 - 2008, serving in many capacities: Frosh and JV Defensive Coordinator, Varsity Special Teams Coordinator, Varsity Defensive Coordinator, and Varsity Associate Head Coach. Ryan was hired as the inaugural Head Coach at Cosumnes Oaks High School where he spent 6 great years working with great people. The Wolfpack advanced to the playoffs the last 3 years and have sent many young men on to continue their education and playing careers at the collegiate level. Ryan and his wife Mary have two young sons, Jackson 3 ½ and AJ 1 ½.

Kurt Mattson

Equipment Manager

Joe and Linda Eiers

Team Photographers