Kevin Cosgrove

2007 marks Cosgrove's 13th year as a defensive coordinator at the Division 1 level and his 4th as Husker Defensive Coordinator. He is also the Cornhuskers Linebackers Coach.

Before joining the Huskers, Cosgrove was Defensive Coordinator at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez for nine years and was the Badger's linebackers coach for 14 years. In all Cosgrove spent 22 years coaching in the Big 10.

Cosgrove was a member of Alvarez's original staff. During his time there he coached with many current Husker staff members including Head Coach Bill Callhan. Cosgrove and Callahan have coached together for 14 years in all.

Cosgrove helped Wisconsin to three Big Ten titles and nine bowl appearances (7-2 record), including three Rose Bowl wins. Wisconsin won the Big Ten title in 1993 and defeated UCLA in the Rose Bowl 21-16. The Badgers then won back-to-back Big Ten titles in 1998 and 1999, before defeating UCLA, 38-31, and Stanford, 17-9, in the Rose Bowl, respectively.

Cosgrove graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago and first met Callahan during their prep careers. He was a teammate of Callahan's at Illinois Benedictine College in 1974, playing defensive back, but earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1980.

Cosgrove and his wife, Shelly, have two sons, Clint and Connor, and a daughter, Shannon. Clint worked as a video intern in the Nebraska football office last year and will be a graduate assistant coach at Minnesota in 2007.

Playing Experience: 1974, Illinois Benedictine College; 1976-78, Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Coaching Experience: 1980-82, Illinois (graduate assistant); 1983-87 Illinois (assistant coach/linebackers); 1988, Southeast Missouri State (defensive coordinator/linebackers); 1989, Colorado State (assistant coach/linebackers); 1990-94, Wisconsin, (assistant coach/linebackers); 1995-03, Wisconsin (defensive coordinator/linebackers); 2004, Nebraska (defensive coordinator/inside linebackers); 2005-present, Nebraska (defensive coordinator/linebackers)

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