Chad O'Shea was hired as the Patriots wide receivers coach on Feb. 25, 2009. He is entering his 22nd coaching season and his 15th NFL season.
New England's wide receivers have set franchise and NFL records under O'Shea's tutelage. In 2016, Julian Edelman became just the sixth player in team history with at least two 1,000-yard receiving seasons.In 2014, in his first year with New England, Brandon LaFell set career highs with 74 receptions for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2013, Julian Edelman (105) became just the third player in team history to eclipse 100 receptions in a single season. In 2012, Wes Welker became the Patriots' all-time leader in receptions and became the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons. In 2011, Welker set a franchise record with 1,569 receiving yards and became the second player in NFL history to record two 120-catch seasons. Patriots receivers also aided Tom Brady to the third-most passing yards (5,235) in a single season in NFL history.
O'Shea joined the Patriots in 2009 after spending three seasons as offensive assistant/wide receivers coach for the Minnesota Vikings (2006-08), assisting Minnesota's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. In 2008, Minnesota wide receiver Bernard Berrian ranked second in the NFL with an average of 20.8 yards per catch, and the Vikings offense led the NFL with 13 touchdown receptions of 20 yards or longer. In 2007, the Vikings offense tied a team record with 19 plays of 50 yards or longer.
O'Shea's first NFL experience came with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he served as a volunteer special teams assistant in 2003 and assisted with special teams and linebackers for two seasons from 2004-05. In 2003, Kansas City had an NFL-best four special teams touchdowns while leading the NFL in both kick return and punt return average. The following season, the Chiefs set a team record for kick return yards (1,820) as Dante Hall returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Prior to entering the NFL, O'Shea spent seven years coaching in the college ranks at his alma mater, the University of Houston (1996-99), and Southern Mississippi (2000-02). After graduation, he was a graduate assistant at Houston in 1996 and was hired as Houston's wide receivers coach in 1997. He took over as tight ends/special teams coach in 1998 and added the title of recruiting coordinator in 1999. In 2000, he began a three-year stint as Southern Mississippi's special teams coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time with the Eagles, his units blocked 21 kicks.
O'Shea played quarterback at Marshall University for two seasons (1991-92) before finishing his playing career at Houston (1994-95). He was team captain his senior season at Houston.
Chad O'Shea was born on Dec. 18, 1972, in Houston, Texas. His father, Mike, served as a longtime athletic trainer in the collegiate and NFL ranks, including a stint with the Baltimore Colts. O'Shea received his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1995 from Houston. Chad and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Claire and Grace, and a son, Mick.