Jason Houghtaling | Tennessee Titans

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Team: Tennessee Titans
Organization: Professional Football
Position: Offensive Line Coach
League: NFL


Jason Houghtaling is in his third season with the Titans and his first season as offensive line coach in 2023. He joined the Titans in 2021 as an offensive line assistant.  

Houghtaling (last name pronounced "HO-tail-ing") entered the NFL coaching ranks after gaining 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, including five seasons as the head coach at Wagner. He arrived in Tennessee after spending 2020 as the offensive line coach at Colgate.  

In 2022, Houghtaling helped oversee an offensive line that was forced to use six different starting combinations. Three members of the line recorded career highs in starts: Aaron Brewer (17), Dennis Daley (15) and rookie Nicholas Petit-Frere (16). Petit-Frere, a third-round pick, became the fourth offensive lineman in the franchise's "Titans era" (1999–present) to start at least 16 games as a rookie, while veteran center Ben Jones was named to his first Pro Bowl. The line helped Derrick Henry finish second in the NFL with 1,538 rushing yards. 

In 2021, injuries forced the Titans to use seven different starting offensive line combinations, including five different starters at left tackle. However, the offense managed to finish fifth in rushing, averaging 141.4 rushing yards per game. Left guard Rodger Saffold III was named to his first career Pro Bowl. 

Houghtaling had three different stints at Wagner, gaining experience as a running backs coach (2006), offensive line coach (2007-09), offensive coordinator (2011-12) and associate head coach/offensive coordinator (2014) prior to his tenure as head coach from 2015 to 2019.  

During his time as Wagner's head coach, he coached 28 All-Northeast Conference selections. Future NFL players at Wagner under his direction included tackle Greg Senat, who he helped develop into a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens; tackle Matt Diaz, who was signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent in 2018; linebacker Cam Gill, a 2020 rookie free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; defensive tackle Chris Williams, a 2020 rookie free agent with the Indianapolis Colts; and defensive end Titus Leo, a sixth-round pick of the Colts in 2023. Houghtailing's teams also produced a two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year in Gill and the nation's second-leading rusher in 2018 in Ryan Fulse.  

In Houghtaling's three total seasons as Wagner's offensive coordinator, the Seahawks amassed a 16-6 NEC record with a pair of league titles.  

Known as "Hoss" to players and fellow coaches, Houghtaling was a Wagner assistant coach from 2006 to 2009, before becoming head coach at Hudson Valley Community College in 2010. Following one season as head coach of the Vikings, he returned to Wagner as offensive coordinator in 2011, where he spent two seasons, including the 2012 NEC Championship campaign. He spent 2013 as the offensive coordinator at Cornell before heading back to Wagner the next season.  

During the 2013 campaign at Cornell, Houghtaling coached quarterback Jeff Mathews, who led the Ivy League in attempts, completions and passing yards, before signing a rookie free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons.  

In 2012, Houghtaling tutored Wagner's record-setting quarterback Nick Doscher, who finished his career ranked first in school history and second in conference history with 8,404 yards of total offense. Doscher's 6,100 passing yards also established a team record. Additionally, the team's running back, Dominique Williams, would eventually enter the NFL.  

A native of Windsor, N.Y., Houghtaling got his start in coaching at his high school alma mater, Windsor Central High School, where he spent two seasons working with the offensive line and linebackers. He then went to Milford Academy (Berlin, N.Y.) for two seasons as defensive coordinator, defensive line coach, and strength and conditioning coach.  

A 2004 graduate of the University of Binghamton with a degree in history, Houghtaling earned a master's in education from Wagner in 2009. He originally attended Lafayette as a defensive lineman before injuries cut short his playing career and he transferred to Binghamton. 

He and his wife, Mary, are the parents of two daughters: Abbie and Emma.

Jason Houghtaling's Coaching Timeline:

2023: Offensive Line, Tennessee Titans 

2021-22: Offensive Line Assistant, Tennessee Titans 

2020: Offensive Line, Colgate 

2015-19: Head Coach, Wagner 

2014: Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator, Wagner

2013: Offensive Coordinator, Cornell 

2011-12: Offensive Coordinator, Wagner 

2010: Head Coach, Hudson Valley 

2007-09: Offensive Line, Wagner 

2006: Running Backs, Wagner

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