Corby Osten Athletics
Hometown: Columbus, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Corby Osten finished his 11th season as an assistant coach with the Concordia University football program in 2018. Following the 2016 campaign, Osten received a promotion to the position of defensive coordinator on head coach Patrick Daberkow's staff. A native of Columbus, Neb., Osten continues to also coach the defensive line.
Osten's first year as defensive coordinator yielded three first team All-GPAC selections in defensive backs D'Mauria Martin and Tarence Roby and linebacker Lane Napier. The defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring and pass efficiency. Then in 2018, Napier led all NAIA players with 142 tackles and was again named a first team all-conference selection.
As defensive line coach, Osten has overseen the development of all-conference performers such as Trey Barnes, Dylan Heithoff, Kyle Rakow and Erik Small in recent seasons. Barnes earned second team All-America recognition in 2015 while leading the nation's fourth-ranked defense (279.6 yards allowed per game). Barnes then moved up to first team All-America recognition the following season. Barnes and Heithoff were both first team all-conference selections.
Osten led a Concordia special teams unit that ranked among the nation's best in 2012. The Bulldogs' Derek Blessing led the NAIA with 388 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns and kicker Kenny Zoeller racked up the second most field goals nationally with 15. As a team, Concordia ranked fourth in the NAIA in average yards per punt return (16.6) and 11th in average yards per kick return (22.9). Adam Meirose replaced Zoeller in 2013 and twice earned all-conference accolades, giving Concordia a first or second team all-league kicker for three-straight seasons.
As a player, Osten was a three-year letter winner on the Bulldog football team. Osten helped the Bulldogs to the 2001 GPAC Championship. Concordia advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs during the 2001 campaign.
Osten was defensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach at Lutheran South Academy (Houston, Texas) from 2004-07. Osten also spent one year as defensive coordinator at Lincoln Lutheran in 2008.
Osten attended Concordia University from 1999-2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with endorsements in theology and physical education. Corby resides in Seward with his wife Amanda, daughter Isla and son Tyce.