Elk Grove High School has named Miles Osei, most recently the offensive coordinator at Wheeling and prior to that a standout player at Prospect High School and the University of Illinois, as its football head coach.
Osei achieved all-state recognition for Prospect as a quarterback and went on to play receiver and some quarterback at Illinois. In his senior year, Osei was Illinois' football team captain.
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm, who was Osei's quarterback coach at Illinois, was among those pleased to hear the news.
"Miles Osei is an extremely bright and energetic young coach," Brohm said. "I am excited for him as he takes on this tremendous opportunity. Miles displays an outstanding work ethic and a genuine care and love for his players that will help them achieve their very best both on and off the field."
After graduating from Illinois, Osei signed on to coach football at Wheeling under his former high school coach, Brent Pearlman. Following one season coaching at the sophomore level, Osei was moved to the offensive coordinator position, where he has been for the past two seasons.
During both of those seasons, Wheeling led the MSL East in offensive production and averaged over 400 yards per game.
"Miles has the unique ability to push himself past all limits in his quest for the ultimate success," said Pearlman. "But what's more impressive is his ability to motivate all those around him to do the exact same. Miles was made to be a leader."
Osei is eager for the challenge ahead at Elk Grove, which went winless last season under coach John Sigmund.
"I am excited, determined and eager to have the opportunity to work at Elk Grove High School," Osei said. "It has been my goal to become a head football coach, and I am honored Elk Grove is the place I get to lead a program at. I know the values we will instill within the program will give student-athletes pride to be a part of the Elk Grove Football program.
"We will stand for a tradition of student-athletes who demonstrate courage, sacrifice and respect, on and off the football field. My vision is for the athletes who come through the program to come out as winners in life."
Elk Grove is happy to have a coach who has previously excelled at Dist. 214 schools.
"After a thorough search, coach Osei rose to the top with his well-defined set of values he will instill in our athletes to build the right culture for the program," said Elk Grove Assistant Principal for Student Activities Bob Murphy.
"Coach Osei's clear vision for our football program combined with his drive to be successful will be a great asset to Elk Grove High School," said Grenadiers boys athletic director Terry Beyna. "Coach Osei will challenge our student athletes but will also provide the right support for them in their development."