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
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.
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
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
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