Osita Alaribe (Ala - Ree - Bay) enters his eighth season as defensive line coach for Tennessee State Tigers football. Alaribe was named defensive coordinator prior to the 2015 campaign.
2013 proved to be one of the best defensive years in TSU history. The Tigers defense ranked 1st in the country in Total Defense for eight straight weeks, finally finishing at 6th in the nation. In Scoring Defense they finished 7th in the nation and in Opponents 3rd Down Conversions the Tigers ranked 3rd in the nation. The Tigers stout defense was ranked #1 in every major Defensive category in the OVC which helped produce a 10-4 record and first playoff appearance since 1999.
The defense was led by junior defensive end Anthony Bass that was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year, FCS All-American and 1st Team All-OVC. Bass finished with 10 sacks and 14.5 TFL’s. Another defensive lineman that was mentored by Alaribe was three time All-OVC senior defensive end Antonio Harper who finished with 7 sacks and 13 TFL’s. The defense finished with (37) total sacks for the season which ranks 21st in the nation and (111) tackles for loss with ranked 5th in the nation.
In 2012, Alaribe helped develop a Tigers defense that ranked first in Total Defense only giving up 361.6 yards per game and ranked second in Scoring Defense allowing 22.8 points per game. Alaribe also was selected to participate in the Bill Walsh NFL Internship with the Oakland Raiders for their 2012 fall training camp.
In 2011, Alaribe helped develop a Tigers defense that only allowed 150.6 rushing yards per game and was ranked second in conference. The Tigers were also ranked 22nd in the nation and first in the OVC in total sacks.
As recruiting coordinator, Alaribe has helped produce the #1 2013 and 2012 recruiting classes and the #3 2011 class among FCS HBCU’s according to Boxtorow’s annual rankings.
Alaribe arrived at TSU after a three-year term as the defensive line and outside linebackers coach with Ouachita Baptist University.
While at OBU, Alaribe tutored two all-conference players and was part of a team that had its first winning season in 25 years.
Before OBU, Alaribe spent two seasons as defensive line coach at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. help winning the Eastern North Carolina Division Championship leading to the North Carolina 3AA State Championship.
The Raleigh, NC native played collegiately at North Carolina A&T State University as a defensive lineman and was a team captain. He helped lead the Aggies to two MEAC Championship titles (1999 and 2003) and one HBCU National Championship (1999).
Alaribe earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication from NCA&T in 2004 before receiving his master’s degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State in 2008.
He and his wife, Uzo, have one daughter, Ogechi and reside in Nashville, TN.