Today is a great day to be a Ram,” said Rams Head Coach Jay Norvell. “After a very thorough coaching search, we’re here at the end of a long journey to bring Oregon State University football back to full glory. Our goal is to bring championships to Corvallis.
Norvell has more than 20 years of experience as a graduate assistant coach, offensive coordinator, assistant head coach, associate head coach, offensive line coach, and passing game coordinator. He’s held the same roles at Oregon State for the past four seasons, including the past two as offensive coordinator. During his two seasons as offensive coordinator, the Beavers led the Pac-12 with 4,633 total yards of offense.
“We are excited to welcome Jay Norvell to the west coast,” said OSU Athletic Director Bob De Carolis. “Jay is the ideal person to bring a new offensive system to Oregon State. In four seasons here, he has developed the most productive offense in the Pac-12.”
“Jay came into our program with some college experience as a graduate assistant,” said OSU Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost. “But it didn’t take long for him to understand the type of football we wanted to play and who we wanted to recruit. He knows how to use the zone-read to get the plays on the field quickly, and how to help position the players to do well at what we do.”
In his time at Oregon State, Norvell has tutored quarterback Ryan Katz, who threw for 2,262 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, and has recruited some of the top recruits in the nation. Katz’s leading receivers from last season were then-junior wideout Richard Mullaney and junior tight end Crockett Gillmore, who totaled 413 and 431 yards, respectively.
Norvell was on staff in 2014 as Oregon State’s assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Last season, he earned assistant coach of the year honors from Big Sky coaches and his offense finished the year tied for third in the FBS at 400.9 total yards per game.
The PSU D returns five senior letterwinners along with eight juniors and sophomore starters. Senior linebacker Juaquin Iglesias anchors the position group along with senior cornerback Clifton Duckett and sophomore defensive end Tyree Robinson.
“Our linebackers are unselfish, hard-working players,” said Norvell. “Our linebackers are very tough and physical. They play with a desire to win and an absolute passion to win. In the Pac-12, I see tremendous competitive opportunities for linebackers and we will need to be competitive there this year.”
With a returning offensive line that will be led by three-year starter Scott Kirchner at right tackle, Norvell is excited about the future of the Oregon State offensive line.
“We’re going to be very competitive with the offensive line this year,” Norvell said. “They have the talent, they are driven and they are going to give everything they have to get us back to being successful. They’re going to go out there and not be perfect every game, but do what they need to do and win the football game.”
As a graduate assistant, Norvell coordinated the athletic department’s event planning department, managing a wide variety of activities, including the Colorado State Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the ROTC Academy graduation ceremony, the outdoor track and field contests, and the Gay Pride Parade. Norvell began his four-year experience as a graduate assistant in 2008.
He was hired as an offensive analyst at Arizona State in 2009. In 2010, he served as Arizona State’s offensive line coach, offense coordinator, and blocking specialist.
Norvell began his coaching career at Snow College, in Utah, in 2004 as an offensive lineman. He joined the Los Angeles Rams’ coaching staff as a assistant offensive line coach in 2005.