Coaches

Jim Hostler
Tight Ends Coach
College:
Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania
Hometown:
Bethel Park, PA
Experience:
18

Jim Hostler enters his third year with the Indianapolis Colts and second as tight ends coach. He served as wide receivers coach in 2015. Hostler holds 27 years of coaching experience, including the previous 17 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last year, Hostler assisted with the continued development of tight ends Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope. The unit produced 11 receiving touchdowns as Allen (six touchdowns, tied-seventh) and Doyle (five touchdowns, tied-10th) each ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in touchdown receptions by tight ends. Doyle established single-season career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (584) and receiving touchdowns (five) while possessing the highest catch percentage (78.7) in the NFL by a tight end (ninth among all players). Hostler was also instrumental with the emergence of Swoope, a first-year player who spent most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the Colts practice squad. Swoope, a former collegiate basketball player with no prior football experience, played in all 16 games (four starts) for Indianapolis and registered 15 receptions for 297 yards and one touchdown.

 

In his first season with Indianapolis in 2015, Hostler guided wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to his second-career Pro Bowl after catching 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton recorded his third-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

 

Hostler was also instrumental in the continued development of second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who set career highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (733) and receiving touchdowns (team-high six). Hostler also received production from veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson (41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns) and rookie first-round pick Phillip Dorsett (18 receptions for 225 yards and one touchdown).

 

In 2014, Hostler served as the senior offensive assistant for the Buffalo Bills. During that season, wide receiver Sammy Watkins set Bills single-season rookie records for receptions (65) and receiving yards (982). The team also had three different players with at least 50 catches for the first time in franchise history.

 

Prior to joining the Bills, Hostler spent six seasons (2008-2013) as the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach, where he oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s Super Bowl XLVII win. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens wideouts finished second in franchise history for the most receiving yards for a single season with 3,996. From 2011-13, Torrey Smith ranked among the top 10 AFC receivers in yards per catch (fourth, 17.2), touchdown receptions (seventh, 19) and receiving yards (eighth, 2,824).

 

In addition to Smith, Hostler helped wide receiver Anquan Boldin make an immediate impact on the Ravens offense upon his arrival following a trade from Arizona. During his three seasons (2010-12) with Baltimore, Boldin led the team in receptions (186), receiving yards (2,645) and first down receptions (132).

 

Hostler joined the Ravens in 2008 after spending three seasons (2005-07) with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach from 2005-06 and offensive coordinator in his final year. During his time with the 49ers, Hostler played an important role in tutoring 2005 No. 1 overall pick quarterback Alex Smith. In 2007, he helped running back Frank Gore become the third player in 49ers history to record over 1,000 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.

 

Prior to joining the 49ers, Hostler spent two years (2003-04) with the New York Jets coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers. He helped develop wide receiver Santana Moss, who totaled 119 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2003-04. Wide receiver Justin McCareins had his best season under Hostler in 2004, starting 16 games and finishing with a career-high 56 receptions and 770 receiving yards.

 

From 2001-02, Hostler spent time working as the New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach. He mentored Donté Stallworth in 2002, who finished with 42 receptions for 594 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season.

 

Hostler began his NFL coaching career in 2000 as an offensive assistant/quality control coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Before joining the NFL ranks, Hostler launched his coaching career in 1990 at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent a total of nine seasons (1990-92, 1994-99) at IUP, helping the school qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs five times. In between coaching stints at IUP, Hostler spent the 1993 season as the offensive coordinator at Juniata College.

 

A four-year letterman and two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference selection, Hostler was a standout cornerback at IUP from 1986-89. During his collegiate playing career, he helped the Indians capture two titles and three trips to the PSAC Division II playoffs. Hostler earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from IUP in 1989.

 

A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Hostler and his wife, Jen, have three sons, Clint, Grant and Cooper, and a daughter, Attie.

 

Coaching Career

1990-1992       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Running Backs

1993                Juniata College                                   Offensive Coordinator

1994-1996       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Wide Receivers

1997-1998       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Linebackers

1999                Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2000                Kansas City Chiefs                             Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

2001                New Orleans Saints                            Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

2002                New Orleans Saints                            Assistant Wide Receivers/Offensive

Assistant/Quality Control

2003                New York Jets                                                Quarterbacks

2004                New York Jets                                                Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

2005-2006       San Francisco 49ers                          Quarterbacks

2007                San Francisco 49ers                          Offensive Coordinator

2008-2013       Baltimore Ravens                               Wide Receivers

2014                Buffalo Bills                                          Senior Offensive Assistant

2015                Indianapolis Colts                                Wide Receivers

2016-2017                   Indianapolis Colts                                Tight Ends

Jim Hostler enters his third year with the Indianapolis Colts and second as tight ends coach. He served as wide receivers coach in 2015. Hostler holds 27 years of coaching experience, including the previous 17 seasons in the NFL.

 

Last year, Hostler assisted with the continued development of tight ends Dwayne Allen, Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope. The unit produced 11 receiving touchdowns as Allen (six touchdowns, tied-seventh) and Doyle (five touchdowns, tied-10th) each ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in touchdown receptions by tight ends. Doyle established single-season career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (584) and receiving touchdowns (five) while possessing the highest catch percentage (78.7) in the NFL by a tight end (ninth among all players). Hostler was also instrumental with the emergence of Swoope, a first-year player who spent most of the 2014 and 2015 seasons on the Colts practice squad. Swoope, a former collegiate basketball player with no prior football experience, played in all 16 games (four starts) for Indianapolis and registered 15 receptions for 297 yards and one touchdown.

 

In his first season with Indianapolis in 2015, Hostler guided wide receiver T.Y. Hilton to his second-career Pro Bowl after catching 69 passes for 1,124 yards and five touchdowns. Hilton recorded his third-consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and joined Marvin Harrison (eight) and Reggie Wayne (eight) as the only players in Colts history to post three or more 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

 

Hostler was also instrumental in the continued development of second-year wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who set career highs in receptions (64), receiving yards (733) and receiving touchdowns (team-high six). Hostler also received production from veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson (41 receptions for 503 yards and four touchdowns) and rookie first-round pick Phillip Dorsett (18 receptions for 225 yards and one touchdown).

 

In 2014, Hostler served as the senior offensive assistant for the Buffalo Bills. During that season, wide receiver Sammy Watkins set Bills single-season rookie records for receptions (65) and receiving yards (982). The team also had three different players with at least 50 catches for the first time in franchise history.

 

Prior to joining the Bills, Hostler spent six seasons (2008-2013) as the Baltimore Ravens wide receivers coach, where he oversaw a receiving corps that played an integral role in the team’s Super Bowl XLVII win. During the 2012 campaign, the Ravens wideouts finished second in franchise history for the most receiving yards for a single season with 3,996. From 2011-13, Torrey Smith ranked among the top 10 AFC receivers in yards per catch (fourth, 17.2), touchdown receptions (seventh, 19) and receiving yards (eighth, 2,824).

 

In addition to Smith, Hostler helped wide receiver Anquan Boldin make an immediate impact on the Ravens offense upon his arrival following a trade from Arizona. During his three seasons (2010-12) with Baltimore, Boldin led the team in receptions (186), receiving yards (2,645) and first down receptions (132).

 

Hostler joined the Ravens in 2008 after spending three seasons (2005-07) with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as quarterbacks coach from 2005-06 and offensive coordinator in his final year. During his time with the 49ers, Hostler played an important role in tutoring 2005 No. 1 overall pick quarterback Alex Smith. In 2007, he helped running back Frank Gore become the third player in 49ers history to record over 1,000 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.

 

Prior to joining the 49ers, Hostler spent two years (2003-04) with the New York Jets coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers. He helped develop wide receiver Santana Moss, who totaled 119 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns from 2003-04. Wide receiver Justin McCareins had his best season under Hostler in 2004, starting 16 games and finishing with a career-high 56 receptions and 770 receiving yards.

 

From 2001-02, Hostler spent time working as the New Orleans Saints assistant wide receivers coach. He mentored Donté Stallworth in 2002, who finished with 42 receptions for 594 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season.

 

Hostler began his NFL coaching career in 2000 as an offensive assistant/quality control coach with the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Before joining the NFL ranks, Hostler launched his coaching career in 1990 at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent a total of nine seasons (1990-92, 1994-99) at IUP, helping the school qualify for the NCAA Division II playoffs five times. In between coaching stints at IUP, Hostler spent the 1993 season as the offensive coordinator at Juniata College.

 

A four-year letterman and two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference All-Conference selection, Hostler was a standout cornerback at IUP from 1986-89. During his collegiate playing career, he helped the Indians capture two titles and three trips to the PSAC Division II playoffs. Hostler earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from IUP in 1989.

 

A native of Bethel Park, Pa., Hostler and his wife, Jen, have three sons, Clint, Grant and Cooper, and a daughter, Attie.

 

Coaching Career

1990-1992       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Running Backs

1993                Juniata College                                   Offensive Coordinator

1994-1996       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Wide Receivers

1997-1998       Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Linebackers

1999                Indiana University of Pennsylvania    Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

2000                Kansas City Chiefs                             Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

2001                New Orleans Saints                            Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

2002                New Orleans Saints                            Assistant Wide Receivers/Offensive

Assistant/Quality Control

2003                New York Jets                                                Quarterbacks

2004                New York Jets                                                Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers

2005-2006       San Francisco 49ers                          Quarterbacks

2007                San Francisco 49ers                          Offensive Coordinator

2008-2013       Baltimore Ravens                               Wide Receivers

2014                Buffalo Bills                                          Senior Offensive Assistant

2015                Indianapolis Colts                                Wide Receivers

2016-2017                   Indianapolis Colts                                Tight Ends