Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne and Turner Gill

Tom Osborne is the winningest coach in the history of the Nebraska football program; it was his leadership that established Nebraska as one of the greatest programs in college football - not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.

With a record of 255 wins, 49 losses, and 3 ties, his winning percentage alone puts him on the list of some of the greatest coaches in college football history (Huskers.com). In the 25 years leading the team, his teams were the model of consistency; they never won less than 9 games in a season, and they finished in the top 15 of the Associated Press' college football poll every season but one (Huskers.com). Osborne's teams won three national championships along with 12 Big 8 titles and one Big 12 championship (Huskers.com).

Osborne is the current athletic director for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2007, Osborne became Nebraska's interim athletic director after the firing of Steve Pederson. In December of that year, he was announced as the permanent A.D. through July 2010 (Huskers.com).

But Osborne emphasized success off the field as much as he did on it (Osborne). He made great strides in improving the graduation rate of football players, while maintaining the athletic program's reputation for churning out academic All-Americans; 65 football players were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, averaging more than two selections per season (Huskers.com). In comparison, he accumulated more football Academic All-Americans in his 25 year coaching career than any other football program in the nation has produced in its history (Huskers.com).

In 1991, Tom and his wife, Nancy, created the TeamMates program, which provides assistance to school-age children in helping them reach their full potential through mentoring and support (Osborne).