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Northwest Bearcats

Joel Osborn

Joel Osborn

Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.

OfficeLamkin Activity Center 225
Phone(660) 562-1088
Alma MaterNorthwest Missouri State '08
HometownHarlan, Iowa

Joel Osborn enters his second season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater. Osborn has been at Northwest since 2004 as a player and graduate assistant, coaching the wide receivers. 


During his tenure, Northwest has won five MIAA Championships and one national championship. Since arriving at Northwest the offensive side of the ball has seen unparalleled heights including setting a school record for points in a season in 2009 and breaking that record again in 2011. In three seasons on the sidelines six players combined to earn eight All-MIAA accolades and two All-America honors.


After throwing passes to Jake Soy, he helped groom Soy into the 2009 National Wide Receiver of the Year after the sophomore led the nation with 27 touchdown catches and 1,559 yards receiving. Both of those marks set conference and school records as he would go on to earn First-Team All-MIAA honors and become a two-time recipient of the Ken B. Jones MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year Award.


As a player, Osborn was the 2008 MIAA MVP after throwing for 3,249 yards and 24 touchdowns and helped lead the Bearcats to four-straight national championship games and four MIAA Championships. He passed for 5,501 yards and 54 touchdowns during his four-year career and remains the most accurate passer in program history, completing 67 percent of his passes.


A native of Harlan, Iowa, Osborn earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwest in 2008 and received his master’s in 2011. Osborn and his wife, Audrey, reside in Maryville.