Nebraska Hall of Fame Coach and
former Athletic Director Tom Osborne will be the headline speaker at the 2013
Nebraska Football Spring Coaches Clinic. Osborne retired as Nebraska’s Athletic
Director in January after five years in that role and guided Nebraska to three
national championships in his legendary head coaching career from 1973 to 1997.
The three-day Nebraska Coaches
Clinic will take place in Lincoln from March 28-30, and registration is now
open by visiting bigredfootballschool.com or Huskers.com. In addition to
Osborne’s speech to the coaches in attendance, all members of the Nebraska
coaching staff will address the group, along with six championship coaches from
the high school and junior college ranks.
The event will be split between
the Nebraska football facilities and the Cornhusker Marriott in downtown
Lincoln. In addition to the outstanding lineup of speakers on the schedule,
those in attendance will also have the opportunity to watch Husker practices on
Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
“We are fortunate to once again
be able to offer a great group of speakers for our coaches’ clinic, and I hope
coaches from around the area take the opportunity to learn and share ideas,”
Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said. “As part of our clinic each year, we try to
bring in one of the great coaches in our profession, and this year it was a
natural to have Coach Osborne as our headline speaker. His coaching record
speaks for itself, but his impact on the game of football, this University and
the state of Nebraska goes well beyond what happened on the field. I know
everyone will appreciate the opportunity to hear from Coach Osborne.”
Osborne posted a 255-49-3 record
in his 25 seasons with Nebraska, leading the Huskers to national titles in
1994, 1995 and 1997, while also capturing 13 conference championships. Osborne
was an eight-time conference coach of the year and the 1994 national coach of
the year. Osborne began his time on the Nebraska staff as an assistant under
Bob Devaney from 1962 to 1972. Osborne was inducted in the College Football
Hall of Fame in 1999.
In addition to his remarkable
record on the field, Osborne also served for six years (2001-06) in the U.S.
House of Representatives, representing Nebraska’s 3rd District.
Osborne took over as Athletic Director in October of 2007 and served in that
role until his retirement on Jan. 2, 2013. Osborne is also the co-founder of
the Teammates Mentoring program.
The clinic will begin on
Thursday, March 28 with an evening session with the Nebraska coaching staff at
the Hawks Center and North Stadium. The Huskers’ offensive staff, led by
third-year coordinator Tim Beck will conduct positional breakdowns beginning at
6:30 p.m., followed by John Papuchis and the defensive staff at 8 p.m.
Friday’s lineup of speakers at
the Cornhusker Marriott will begin with Iowa Western Community College Head
Coach Scott Strohmeier, who led his team to the 2012 NJCAA national
championship. Also on the Friday agenda before practice are Omaha Gross Coach
and former Husker fullback Tim Johnk, McCook Head Coach Jeff Gross and Omaha
North Head Coach Larry Martin. Following practice, Archbishop Rummel (La.) High
School Coach Jay Roth will speak before Osborne caps the evening.
Saturday morning’s pre-practice
session in West Stadium will include Papuchis and Denton (Texas) Guyer Head
Coach John Walsh. The clinic will conclude with Nebraska’s Saturday practice.
Cost of the three-day clinic is
$55 per person. For more information and a detailed schedule for the event,
visit the 2013 Coaches Clinic link on the football home page of Huskers.com or
contact the Nebraska football office at 402-472-3116.