Tom Osborne


"Leadership Lessons & The Influence Of Faith In My Life"

Tom will speak about his exceptional career as one of college football’s greatest coaches at the University of Nebraska, his three terms of service in the US House of Representatives from Nebraska’s Third Congressional District and five years as Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska. He will discuss the leadership lessons that he learned and how his faith influenced his leadership style in each position.


Tom Osborne served for twenty-five years from 1973 – 1997 as head football coach at the University of Nebraska. He was one of the most successful coaches in American college football history with a career record of 255–49–3, winning thirteen conference and three national championships. Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2000, he received the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1999, ESPN honored Osborne as the coach of the decade for the 1990s. In 1999, Nebraska renamed the playing surface at Memorial Stadium, Tom Osborne Field. After retiring from football, Osborne served as Athletic Director for the University of Nebraska for five years and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska’s Third Congressional District. Tom and his wife Nancy founded the TeamMates Mentoring Program in 1991 to provide support and encouragement to youth. There are currently over 7,500 youth being served across 131 chapters in Nebraska, Iowa and California.