Mike Cavanaugh

Mike Cavanaugh

Player Profile

Wallingford, Connecticut

Last College:
Southern Connecticut State

Offensive Line Coach

Alma Mater:
Southern Conneticut



Audibles -- The Offensive Line

Audibles -- The Offensive Line


No. 18 Beavers Set for Pac-12 Network Debut at Arizona

No. 18 Beavers Set for Pac-12 Network Debut at Arizona


Beavers to Travel for First Time in 2012, Face No. 19 Bruins on ABC

Beavers to Travel for First Time in 2012, Face No. 19 Bruins on ABC


Oregon State-Wisconsin Post-Game Notes

Sept. 8, 2012


Beavers Set to Finally Play Season Opener, Host No. 13 Wisconsin

Beavers Set to Finally Play Season Opener, Host No. 13 Wisconsin

Mike Cavanaugh is in his ninth season as Oregon State's offensive line coach.

Cavanaugh's line has enabled the Beaver offense to be one of the best in the nation during his tenure. He has had three offensive linemen drafted during his OSU career and 2007 draftee Adam Koets earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants while Kyle DeVan started at guard for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 Super Bowl. He has also coached OSU All-Americans Andy Levitre (OT), Jeremy Perry (OG) and Isaac Seumalo (C).

Coach Cavs helped Oregon State make the biggest turnaround from 2011 to 2012 in the NCAA as the Beavers improved by six wins and played in the Valero Alamo Bowl. A nearly revamped offensive line was among the best units for a season in Beaver history, with center Isaac Seumalo earning Freshman All-America honors. Seumalo along with guard Grant Enger were selected Pac-12 Honorable Mention by the league's head coaches.

The 2011 Beavers were riddled with injuries along the line, but center Grant Johnson earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. His 2010 line was a roster of youthful players, with the exception of veteran center Alex Linnenkohl. Linnenkohl earned Pac-10 Conference Second Team honors while leading the Beaver offense that featured all-league running back Jacquizz Rodgers. Linnenkohl started 38 consecutive games. Tackle Mike Remmers also garnered postseason honors, earning Pac-10 Honorable Mention.

In 2009 several injuries forced the offensive line to adapt while playing several young linemen. Gregg Peat, the veteran of the group, earned Pac-10 First Team honors, while center Alex Linnenkohl was an honorable mention selection and tackle Michael Philipp earned true freshman All-America honors. With two walkons in the starting lineup protecting and blocking, quarterback Sean Canfield, running back Jacquizz Rodgers and receiver James Rodgers all earned first team all-league acclaim.

In 2008 his line helped running back Jacquizz Rodgers become the first freshman ever to earn Pac-10 Conference Offensive MVP honors. Andy Levitre, a second round NFL Draft selection of Buffalo, and guard Adam Speer earned all-league honors to go along with Rodgers. His line was one of the best in the nation at protecting the quarterback, allowing an average of one sack per every 21 pass attempts.

In 2007 his group assisted Beaver running back Yvenson Bernard finish his career sixth in the Pac-10 Conference for career yards with 3,862, second all-time at OSU. Guard Roy Schuening earned first team all-league honors while Levitre earned second team and DeVan honorable mention. Schuening was drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams while DeVan took the free agent route.

The 2006 team featured sophomore guard Jeremy Perry earning Pac-10 First Team honors, Koets and DeVan garnered second team acclaim, and Schuening and Levitre earned honorable mention. Koets was a sixth round pick of the Giants. Oregon State was the only team in the Pac-10 to have all five of its starters earn postseason honors.

Cavanaugh's '06 group was so highly regarded by the Beaver coaching staff and players that head coach Mike Riley elected to run a "blast" play for a two-point conversion with 23 seconds remaining in the Sun Bowl, earning Oregon State a 39-38 victory over Missouri.

In 2005 three of "Cavs" offensive linemen earned postseason honors, including Perry as the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and College Football News Freshman All-America. Running behind the likes of Perry, Yvenson Bernard was the nation's ninth-best running back in terms of yards per game (120.1).

Cavanaugh, a 1986 graduate of Southern Connecticut University, spent six seasons at the University of Hawai'i as the offensive line coach. He coached five NFL draft selections during his Warrior tenure.

He helped Hawai'i finish in the top 17 for total offense in each of his last four seasons, including second in 2002 at 495.6 yards per game. Hawai'i was sixth in 2003 at 488.1, seventh in 2001 at 462.7 and 17th in 2004 at 434.0. The Warriors are known for their passing attack, yet during the Cavanaugh tenure the team allowed just one sack on every 26 attempts.

During his career at the Manoa campus, the Warriors played in four bowl games, including a 23-17 victory over Oregon State in the 1999 Oahu Bowl.

Cavanaugh began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Albany in New York. In 1987 he was the offensive line coach at Wesleyan in Middletown, Conn., and from 1988-91 he was at Alma College in Michigan. While at Alma he served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the first three seasons and then as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach for the final year.

Cavanaugh then was the offensive line coach and strength coach at Murray State in Kentucky for the 1992 season, and offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut for 1993 and '94. He was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at Ferris State University in Michigan for the 1995 and '96 seasons and helped the program win a pair of Midwest Intercollegiate Conference titles. The '95 team advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals.

He moved on to the National Football League in 1997 as the assistant offensive line/quality control coach for the San Diego Chargers, a position he held for two years, before joining the Hawai'i staff.

Cavanaugh played college football at New Haven from 1981-82 before transferring to Southern Connecticut State where he earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1986. The Wallingford, Conn., native is married to the former Laurie Gilbride and the couple has two sons, Shane and Blair. Laurie's brother is Kevin Gilbride, the offensive coordinator, of the 2008 and 2012 Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Blair is a freshman on the football team.


Assignment:Offensive Line

Recruiting Area: Arizona, Las Vegas, Oklahoma

Year at OSU:9th


Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut

Education: Bachelor's in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State (1986); 1981Lyman High School(Wallingford, CT)

Wife: Laurie

Children:Shane and Blair


Oregon State, 2005-present (OL); Hawai'i, 1999-2004 (OL); San Diego Chargers, 1997-98 (OL); Ferris State (MI), 1995-96 (OL/Rec. Coord.); Sacred Heart (CT), 1993-94 (Off. Line); Murray State (KY), 1992 (OL); Alma (MI), 1988-91 (Off. Coord./Off. Line); Wesleyan (CT), 1987 (OL); Albany (NY), 1986



Isaac Seumalo (C) - Freshman All-America/Pac-12 Honorable Mention

Grant Enger (G) - Pac-12 Honorable Mention


Grant Johnson (C) - Pac-12 Honorable Mention


Alex Linnenkohl (C) - Pac-10 Second Team

Mike Remmers (OT) - Pac-10 Honorable Mention


Gregg Peat (OG) - Pac-10 First Team

Alex Linnekohl (C) - Pac-10 Honorable Mention

Michael Philipp (OT) - Freshman All-America

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB) - Pac-10 First Team


Andy Levitre (OT) - Pac-10 First Team/All-American

2nd round pick of Buffalo Bills

Adam Speer (OG) - Pac-10 Second Team

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB) - Pac-10 Off. MVP

Sun Bowl champions.


Roy Schuening (OG/OT) - Pac-10 First Team; 5th round pick of St. Louis Rams

Andy Levitre (OT) - Pac-10 Second Team

Yvenson Bernard, RB (110.3) - 3rd in Pac-10

Yvenson Bernard, RB (126.6) - 6th in Pac-10 for all-purpose yards

Emerald Bowl champions


Jeremy Perry (OG) - Pac-10 First Team

Adam Koets - 6th round pick New York Giants

All Five Starters Earn Postseason Honors - only team in Pac-10

Yvenson Bernard, RB (100.5) - 2nd in Pac-10

Yvenson Bernard, RB (121.8) - 4th in Pac-10 for all-purpose yards

Sun Bowl Champions


Pass Offense (296.5) - 10th in NCAA

Yvenson Bernard, RB (120.1) - 4th in Pac-10/9th in NCAA

Jeremy Perry (OG) - Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year/SN Freshman All-American

Two linemen earn Pac-10 Honorable Mention

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