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Jerry Olsavsky
Inside Linebackers Coach
College:
University of Pittsburgh
Experience:
7

Biography

Jerry Olsavsky
Inside Linebackers Coach

Jerry Olsavsky is in his second season as the team’s inside linebackers coach. Olsavsky was promoted on February 6, 2015.

Prior to his promotion, Olsavsky was a defensive assistant for five seasons. He assisted all areas of the defensive staff in their daily operations.

Jerry Olsavsky
Inside Linebackers Coach

Jerry Olsavsky is in his second season as the team’s inside linebackers coach. Olsavsky was promoted on February 6, 2015.

Prior to his promotion, Olsavsky was a defensive assistant for five seasons. He assisted all areas of the defensive staff in their daily operations.

In Olsavsky’s five years as a defensive assistant, the Steelers’ defense ranked top-two in the league in total defense three times, including back-to-back years (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 and helped lead the Steelers to a berth 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 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.

1999
Thomas Jefferson High School (Jefferson Hills, Pa.)
Volunteer

2000
Chaney High School (Youngstown, Ohio)
Volunteer

2001
Duquesne University
Volunteer

2002
University of North Carolina
Assistant Strength Coach

2003-2009
Youngstown State University
Linebackers Coach

2010-2014
Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive Assistant

2015
Pittsburgh Steelers
Inside Linebackers