Osia Lewis
Osia  Lewis

Assistant Coach - Defensive Line

Oregon State - BA & MA


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At San Diego State:

  • Osia Lewis enters his fifth season as San Diego State's defensive line coach and his 10th season working with Rocky Long.
  • He brings extensive experience to the position, having served as a defensive coordinator at both the professional and collegiate levels.
  • Has coached in the Mountain West, Conference USA, Big Ten and Pac-10, and has been on the sidelines in 10 bowl games.
  • Under his guidance, San Diego State has placed a defensive lineman on the all-conference team three times in the last four seasons - Jerome Long (second team), Sam Meredith (honorable mention) and Alex Barrett (honorable mention).
  • San Diego State produced one of the best defensive efforts in school history in 2014, finishing in the top 20 nationally in nearly every defensive category, including scoring defense (13th) and total defense (16th).
  • In 2012, helped SDSU improve by nearly 30 places nationally in total defense, as the Aztecs vaulted from the 68th position in 2011 to the 39th spot.
  • With Lewis' assistance, SDSU also led the conference in rushing defense during the 2012 campaign, allowing 133.5 yards per game. In addition, he coached defensive tackle Sam Meredith to honorable mention all-MW recognition. Meredith led all Aztec defensive linemen that season with 36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup.
  • In his first year on The Mesa, he tutored defensive tackle Jerome Long, who was a second-team all-league choice and was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft. As a team, SDSU finished first in the MW in sacks and tackles for loss, and limited four opponents to less than 100 yards on the ground in 2011.
Previous Experience:

  • Previously worked alongside Aztec head coach Rocky Long at New Mexico from 2003-07 as the Lobos' defensive coordinator. He also tutored the defensive line (2003-05) and linebackers (2006- 07) during that same time span.
  • In his tenure, UNM went to four bowl games and its defensive unit was fifth in the country in rushing defense in 2003 and first in the MW in total defense in 2003 and 2004.
  • Was in charge of the Lobo defense that included NFL Draft picks Quincy Black, Glover Quin and DeAndre Wright. Additionally, defensive back Brandon Payne was named a Walter Camp Second- Team All-American in 2004 when he led the nation in passes defended with 23.
  • The Tucson, Ariz., native left Albuquerque to take a similar position as defensive coordinator at UTEP from 2008-09. He then had a one-year stint in the United Football League with the Hartford Colonials before coming to San Diego State.
  • Was an assistant coach in the Big Ten at Illinois from 1997-02, guiding the linebackers and defensive line. The Illini played in the 2002 Nokia Sugar Bowl, the school's first-ever appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game and posted a final No. 12 national ranking.
  • His first full-time NCAA Division I coaching position was at his alma mater, Oregon State. He was an assistant coach with linebackers and special teams from 1991-96, working for the first five seasons with Long, who was the Beavers' defensive coordinator.
  • Started his career as an assistant coach at Western Oregon from 1989-90.

Playing Experience:

  • Was an honorable mention All-American and team captain at Oregon State from 1982-85. As a senior, he was an all-conference selection and was the Beavers' most inspirational player.
  • Continued his playing career in the professional ranks in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and in the AFL with the Chicago Bruisers and New York Firebirds. Lewis earned all-arena league honors in 1988 and played in the Arena Bowl.


  • Earned his bachelor's degree in social science education from Oregon State in 1986, and also has a master's degree in education from the school (1989).

  • Lewis and his wife, Darlene, have one son, Marvin, and one daughter, Kiana.

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