Corvallis – Oregon State University head football coach Mike Riley announced Friday that former Beaver standout safety Mitch Meeuwsen (Mew-son) has been added to his coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
Meeuwsen was a four-year letterman (2001-04) and graduated from OSU in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. The Forest Grove, Ore., native is OSU’s career record holder for interceptions with 20. Meeuwsen, who played at 6-3 205 pounds, earned 2004 Pac-10 Conference First Team and Associated Press Third Team All-America honors. He started 40 games for his career and totaled 217 tackles.
“I’m very excited to have Mitch back in the program,” Riley said. “I had the pleasure of coaching him for two seasons; he’s an outstanding young man with a great future.”
Meeuwsen was a semi-finalist for the 2004 Jim Thorpe Award, presented annually to the nation’s premier defensive back. In 2001 he earned Freshman All-America honors and in his first start of his career against UCLA he was named the Chevrolet Player of the Game after making nine tackles, including one sack, and forcing and recovering a fumble.
Following his playing career, Meeuwsen signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins and later played for the San Diego Chargers through the 2006 preseason. He also played in the spring of 2006 for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. He worked in the private sector for three years, starting in 2007.
Meeuwsen’s responsibilities as a graduate assistant are to be determined.