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American Football Database
Osia Lewis
Fullback / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1962-12-03) December 3, 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth: Anchorage, Alaska
Career information
College: Oregon State
Undrafted in 1986
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Chicago Bruisers (19871989)
 As coach:
* Western Oregon State (1989–1990) (Assistant)
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team All-Arena (1988)
Stats at

Osia Lewis (born December 3, 1962) is a former American football player who played four seasons in the Arena Football League with the Chicago Bruisers and Albany Firebirds. He played college football at Oregon State University and attended Tucson High School in Tucson, Arizona.[1][2]

College career

Lewis was a four-year letterman for the Oregon State Beavers from 1982 to 1985. He primarily played linebacker but also saw time at quarterback, safety and wide receiver for the Beavers. As a senior in 1985, he was named the team's Most Inspirational Player, served as team captain and earned All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press. Lewis set school records for single-season defensive points, season fumble recoveries with four and career fumble recoveries with eight.[3]

Professional career

Lewis played for the Chicago Bruisers from 1987 to 1989, earning Second Team All-Arena honors in 1988.[4] He played for the Albany Firebirds in 1990.[4]

Coaching career

Lewis was as assistant coach for the Western Oregon Wolves of Western Oregon State College from 1989 to 1990.[5] He served as an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers of Oregon State University, working with linebackers and special teams from 1991 to 1996.[5] He was defensive line coach for the Illinois Fighting Illini of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1997 to 2000 before serving as linebackers coach from 2001 to 2002.[5] Lewis was defensive coordinator of the New Mexico Lobos of the University of New Mexico from 2003 to 2007 while also serving stints as defensive line and linebacker coach.[5] He served as defensive coordinator of the UTEP Miners of the University of Texas at El Paso from 2008 to 2009.[5] He was defensive coordinator of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League in 2010.[5] Lewis served as defensive line coach of the San Diego State Aztecs of San Diego State University from 2011 to 2015.[5][6][7] In February 2016, he joined the Vanderbilt Commodores of Vanderbilt University as a senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.[8]


  1. "Osia Lewis". Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  2. "Mary Lewis, 67, `dream team’ mom". December 19, 1995. Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  3. "Osia Lewis". Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Osia Lewis". Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 "Osia Lewis". Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  6. Goe, Ken (December 11, 2014). "San Diego State's Osia Lewis says he interviewed at Oregon State; praises Gary Andersen". Archived from the original on January 1, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2014.}
  7. Evans, Thayer (February 10, 2016). "Source: San Diego State DL coach Osia Lewis to join Vanderbilt". Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  8. "Osia Lewis joins Commodores as senior defensive assistant, outside LBs coach". February 24, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.

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