Defensive Graduate Assistant
Ryan Oshnock is in his first season as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati, working on the defensive side of the ball.
He will assist the defensive staff in all aspects on and off the field, including film breakdown, scouting, practice preparation, and helping to manage the offensive scout team.
Oshnock joined the head coach Butch Jones' UC staff after a year working under Jones at Central Michgan. The Chippewas tied a school record in 2009 with 12 victories, winning the MAC Championship and knocking off Troy, 44-41, in double overtime in the GMAC Bowl. CMU, 12-2 overall, was ranked at the end of the season, No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll, for the first time in program history.
Oshnock comes to CMU from Byrnes High School in South Carolina, where he was a varsity assistant coach for two seasons. Byrnes won Class 4A-Division I state championships in 2007 and 2008, the sixth time in the last seven years it won a state title. Byrnes also was ranked in the top 15 nationally in the final USA Today Super 25 poll both seasons; it was the preseason No. 1 team in the poll in 2008.
Oshnock was a four-year letterman (2003-06) and three-year starter as a defensive back at Wayne State. He was a co-captain each of his final two seasons. Oshnock earned Academic All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors four times and was a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team selection twice. Three times he was the recipient of WSU's Randy Guzowski Award, which is for true dedication to the university community, demonstrated outstanding team leadership and exemplary school and community citizenship.
Oshnock earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State in education in 2006.