Chris Ostrowsky joined the Central Michigan staff in March 2017 as the offensive coordinator after building a high-scoring offense as head coach at Northern Michigan University for five seasons.
Ostrowsky's background includes time as an offensive coordinator, a quarterbacks coach, a recruiting coordinator, passing game coordinator and an assistant head coach in stops at Northern Michigan, Northeastern (Mass.) and Division III Widener (Pa.)
The Northern Michigan offense averaged more than 31.7 points a game and more than 386 yards of offense in 2015 and 2016, the most prolific two-year stretch of offense in Wildcats' football history.
With Ostrowsky, the Wildcats established 28 all-time offensive school records. Quarterback Shayne Brown thrived in Ostrowsky's offense and established seven records:
- Career passing yards (9,267)
- Career touchdown passes (75)
- Career completions (726)
- Career attempts (1,238)
- Single-season touchdown passes (30)
- Single-season passing yards (3,123)
- Career total offensive yards (9,112)
Marcus Tucker in 2014-15, Keondre Craig in 2015 and Paris Woods in 2016 all recorded 800-yard receiving seasons, and Woods caught the longest TD pass in Northern Michigan history, a 92-yarder, in 2016.
Ostrowsky said he had success at Northern Michigan with a multiple spread offense that “stretched the field horizontally and vertically.” “I would say we had a lot of success offensively, and we got great production out of our quarterback,” he said.
Ostrowsky was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and the recruiting coordinator at Washington and Lee University from 2001-2004. Before that, he attracted attention as the head coach of the East Side High School football team in Newark, N.J., from 1997-2001. He was the 1998 Newark Star Ledger Coach of the Year in 1998.
He graduated from Roselle Park High School, where he played quarterback, and he went on to play at New Jersey City University.
Ostrowsky and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Jackson, Joseph and Hope.