The Lakeland Athletic Department is excited to announce Ryan O’Shea as our next Head Football Coach. Coach O’Shea comes to Lakeland after having gained experience at Monroe Central, Yorktown, Lafayette Central Catholic, South Bend St. Joseph, and Jimtown High School.
Athletic Director, Roman Smith, said “There were several great candidates in the mix for this position! Our committee did a fantastic job of processing a lot of information, and making the right decision for Lakeland and the upward trajectory we wish to maintain in athletics. I’m extremely excited to get to work with Ryan! He aligns with everything we are trying to build here at Lakeland, and that’s very evident! We’re thankful for him and his family, as they chose to anchor down with us!”
During his tenure at Monroe Central High School (2010 and 2011), Coach O’Shea was able to work as the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and inside linebackers coach. He then moved on to be the quarterbacks coach at Yorktown High School (2012). After Yorktown, Coach O’Shea was able to advance his coaching career by securing a spot on the Lafayette Central Catholic Football Staff. Lafayette Central Catholic is known to be a small school powerhouse in the sport of football, having won 8 state championships. While at Lafayette Central Catholic, in 2015, Coach O’Shea was able to help the knights go a perfect 15-0, winning an IHSAA State Championship!
“Anytime you can bring someone in that has state championship experience, you’re adding to your department’s overall culture and standards. Over his time as a coach, Ryan has been a part of several great programs that have winning traditions. He knows what it takes to get a program in alignment with that level of success, and I believe he will do that here at Lakeland.” said Smith.
After serving the Knights, Coach O’Shea moved onto South Bend St. Joseph High School. He served as the Defensive Coordinator there for two seasons, primarily working with tight ends, defensive backs, and inside linebackers.
Most recently, Coach O’Shea has been a part of the Jimtown High School Football Staff as their quarterbacks coach, pass game coordinator, and Head JV Coach. He has been with the Jimmies since the 2017 season, compiling a JV record of 15-2, and having made it to two IHSAA Sectional Championships.
Several of Coach O’Shea’s former student-athletes have gone on to play in the SEC, Big Ten, and the MAC. He has been fortunate enough to coach an All-Freshman Big Ten Offensive Tackle at Indiana, the starting QB at Ball State and Vanderbilt, along with 17 other student-athletes at smaller collegiate programs.
Coach O’Shea comes from deep coaching roots. His father, Kevin O’Shea, has a head coaching record of 232-87, which is 10th on the list of most wins by a current head coach in the state. He is currently the Head Coach at North Central High School in Indianapolis. His grandfather, Frank, is in the Indiana High School Football Hall of Fame for coaching. His uncle, Tim, was the defensive coordinator at Lafayette Central Catholic and is a 2-time assistant of the year. Collectively, his family has over 100 years of varsity coaching experience.