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.