BV football's Osterberger resigns

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Buena Vista University President Fred Moore informed students and staff by e-mail Wednesday evening that BVU head football coach Steve Osterberger has resigned his post.

According to Moore, Osterberger will move on to Loras College in Dubuque next season, where he will be the Duhawks' head football coach. Osterberger is a native of Dubuque.

In his e-mail, Moore praised Osterberger's performance as BVU head coach for the past six years.

He joined the Beavers in February of 1996 as the football team's offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. Over his six years as head mentor, Osterberger stands at 32-28 all-time at BVU for a winning percentage of .540.

He has the third-highest winning percentage of any coach in school history who has coached at least 35 games. Osterberger's squads have finished at or above the .500 mark in four of his five seasons at the helm.

In 2005, he was named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year.

This past fall, Osterberger guided the Beavers to a 5-5 record, including 4-4 in the Iowa Conference.

Loras Athletics Director Chat Walthall declined comment until Loras issues a press release Thursday.

Last week, Loras head coach Chris Klieman resigned his post to take an assistant coaching position at the University of Northern Iowa under head coach Mark Farley.

Klieman was hired as head Loras football coach in January of 2005 after serving as the Duhawks' defensive coordinator. In 2005 under KIieman's guidance, Loras went 3-7, including a 14-0 loss at BVU this season.

Moore indicated in Wednesday's e-mail that "we have already begun to search for the very best football coach we can find to lead our football team."

Osterberger attended Drake University where he was a four-year starter at quarterback from 1987-90. He is a 1992 sociology graduate of Drake, and earned a master's degree in education at Buena Vista in 2000.

Osterberger holds 20 school records at Drake, including most net passing yardage in a career with 7,021 yards. Osterberger was named MVP of the Drake offense in 1988 and 1989.

He was a student coach at Drake in 1991, and a graduate assistant at Drake in 1992 and 1993.

Osterberger was inside linebackers coach in 1994 and quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Simpson College in 1995.

Osterberger is a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the Iowa Football Coaches Association. He has also served on the AFCA Sear's Award Luncheon Committee. He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Alli, and a son, Bryce.

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