Lakeview grad gets FHN varsity coaching job


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:16 pm on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ryan Oshnock coaches for Eastern Michigan University during a game last season. Oshnock will coach Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern this fall.

GRAND RAPIDS — Ryan Oshnock is keeping high school coaching in the family.

The 2003 Lakeview graduate was recently hired as the varsity football coach at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern High School.

Oshnock follows his dad Greg as a high school varsity football coach. Greg Oshnock coached for 23 years, mostly at Lakeview.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Ryan Oshnock said of the varsity football coaching job. “I wanted to be like my dad in Lakeview. I also wanted to be a teacher. Those were my career goals. I always wanted to do that.”

After graduating from Lakeview, where he was a standout quarterback, Oshnock played for four years at Wayne State University. Once he graduated, he became an assistant football coach at Burns High School in Duncan, S.C. for two years.

Oshnock became a graduate assitant at Central Michigan for a year and another at Cincinnati University. From there, he returned to high school coaching for a year at Loyola Blakefield High School in Baltimore, Md.

He spent one year there before becoming the defensive coordinator at Ferris State in 2012, followed by becoming the special teams coordinator at Eastern Michigan University last year.

“I’ve been around,” he said.

Oshnock said he has learned a couple of things.

“I think the stuff that my dad taught me growing up and the program at Lakeview was highly respected,” he said. “The integrity and hard work comes from there. Schematically, I have been around a lot of spread offenses. Even Chris Miller at Burns High School, we were a spread team. That’s what we’ll try to do. We’ll try to throw the ball around and do some unique things on offense.”

Oshnock believes in fitting the scheme around his players, he said.

“Getting a chance to start now it was critical to know the kids and adapt to the personnel we have,” he said. “I’m not a system guy, but I like to create a system with the athletes we have. We’ll be able to get the ball in space because of the athletes we have.”

Oshnock has already been at work trying to get the Huskies players ready for the 2014 season, which begins Aug. 28 against Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills.

Forest Hills Northern is in the O-K Bronze.

“I think we have a plan put together. I think we have an extensive offseason program we started,” he said. “The numbers have been good at the weight room. And going back to my dad there’s no substitute for hard work. It doesn’t matter what you run on offense or defense, if you get guys to buy into the system you have an opportunity to be successful.”

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