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Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coord.
|Office||Lamkin Activity Center 225|
|Alma Mater||Northwest Missouri State '08|
Joel Osborn enters his third season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater. Osborn has been at Northwest since 2004 as a player, graduate assistant and now 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 as a student-athlete, Osborn 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 as his position coach. Both of those marks set conference and school records as Soy would go on to earn first-team All-MIAA honors and become the recipient of the Ken B. Jones MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year Award during the
2010-11 school year.
As a player, Osborn was the 2008 MIAA MVP after throwing for 3,249 yards and 24 touchdowns and helping lead the Bearcats to four straight national championship
games and four MIAA Championships. He is also the only quarterback in Northwest history to start in two national championship games (2007 and 2008).
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, have one son, Jack, and currently reside in Maryville. Audrey, a Northwest alum, was a former Bearcat track and field athlete.