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Osborn becomes new head football coach

Coach Joel Osborn has been named the new head coach for the Benedictine College football team on January 14.

He is taking over after the retirement of long-time Raven coach Larry Wilcox back on November 17, 2020. Wilcox will retire at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Osborn is the former recruiting coordinator and Co-Offensive Coordinator at Northwest Missouri State. He helped the Bearcats win three NCAA Div. II National Championships, four MIAA Conference Championships and nine consecutive Div. II playoff appearances.

“We have three missions here one is to graduate our players, two is to win football games and three is to build men of character,” Osborn said.

Coach Osborn is entering into a time of uncertainty since the Ravens do not have an automatic bid into the playoffs because of the regular season loss to Baker University. The Ravens fell 19-6 against the Wildcats on Thanksgiving.

Osborn preaches to his players to control what they can control. His philosophy is to utilize your ‘A&E’ which stands for attitude and effort.

He and the entire football program will continue to prepare for the potential upcoming spring season and will adapt to the environment as the situation continues once the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll is announced.

Osborn becomes only the fifth head football coach at Benedictine since 1973. He plans to create a system that highlights the best players on the Ravens.

Osborn, a former quarterback at Northwest Missouri State, sets his offensive up for success by exploiting the defense using a spread offense with multiple shotgun sets.

The Harlan, Iowa, native visited campus for the first time over the holiday break and was blown away by the beauty of the campus in Atchison.

“The day I came, it really impressed me how well kept everything was and how nice and new the buildings were and the facility upgrades. Right away when I stepped into town and on campus, I turned and told my wife and my dad, I said, ‘I can sell this to recruits and families,’” Osborn said.

He continues to prepare his new team for the potential of a spring season and work alongside Coach Wilcox to continue the culture that has already been set in place.
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