Patrick Osterman joined the Western Illinois Athletics Department in December 2009 as the Director of Athletic Media Services. His department oversees the publicity for all 20 Division I sports programs.
He works with the Leatherneck Football program and has called baseball games on the Leatherneck Sports Network.
Osterman came to Western after serving as the Assistant Athletics Director in charge of Athletics Media Relations at Georgia Southern since October 2004. He was at GSU following seven years as the assistant sports information director at Eastern Illinois University.
At Georgia Southern, Osterman served as the primary publicist for the football and baseball teams while overseeing the day-to-day athletic media relations department operations and the 15 varsity sports programs.
During his tenure with the Eagles, Osterman worked on the publicity for three Walter Payton Award finalists, including 2007 winner Jayson Foster. For two years he also worked as the men’s basketball sports information director. During his time with the Eagles, he has worked with numerous All-America student-athletes and assisted on the radio broadcasts for baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball.
Osterman served as the official statistician at the 2006 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament. He is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Knights of Columbus.
While at Eastern Illinois, Osterman worked in some capacity with all 22 varsity sports. He was directly responsible for soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and baseball. While there he directed the promotion of several athletic and academic All-Americas. He worked with several teams that participated in NCAA postseason tournaments including: women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball and baseball.
He served as the media coordinator for the 1998 OVC Volleyball Tournament, several OVC Cross Country and Indoor Track championships and the 1999 and 2000 OVC Women’s Soccer Tournaments.
Osterman earned a master’s degree in athletic administration from Gonzaga University in August 1998. An intern in the Gonzaga SID office, he worked with the Bulldog volleyball, women’s basketball and crew teams.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Osterman received his bachelor’s degree in public relations and worked as a student assistant in the UNI Sports Information Office. He is married to the former Susan Schmitz and the couple has three sons: Andrew, Ryan and Ethan.