Inside Linebackers Coach
Jerry Olsavsky is in his fifth season as the inside linebackers coach for the Steelers. He assists all areas of the defensive staff in their daily operations.
Inside Linebackers Coach
Jerry Olsavsky is in his first season as the inside linebackers coach for the Steelers. He assists all areas of the defensive staff in their daily operations.
In Olsavsky’s four seasons as a defensive assistant, the Steelers’ defense has ranked top-two in the league in total defense three times, including back-to-back seasons (2011-12) as the number-one ranked defense.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Olsavsky spent seven seasons coaching linebackers for Youngstown State University. Prior to coaching at Youngstown State, Olsavsky spent one year as an assistant strength coach at the University of North Carolina. He also coached at his alma mater, Chaney High School in Youngstown and at Duquesne University.
Olsavsky, was selected by the Steelers in the 10th round (258th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft, and played linebacker from 1989-97. He saw action in 108 games for the Steelers, making 227 tackles, while also excelling on special teams. Olsavsky battled back from a career threatening knee injury in 1993 to become a starter at inside linebacker for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Steelers’ Ed Block Courage Award, given annually to the Steeler that overcomes many obstacles only to achieve great success on the field. Olsavsky finished his playing career in 1998 with the Baltimore Ravens.
Playing collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh, Olsavsky was a first-team Kodak All-American as a senior in 1988, when he made 129 tackles. He became the Panthers’ first defensive player since 1976 to record more than 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons. He had a team-high 127 tackles his sophomore year. He earned his degree in information science in 1990.
Olsavsky was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and resides in Pittsburgh with his three children, Joseph, Emma and Dominic.
Thomas Jefferson High School (Jefferson Hills, Pa.)
Chaney High School (Youngstown, Ohio)
University of North Carolina
Assistant Strength Coach
Youngstown State University
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