Meet The Coach: Jim Hostler

Intro: Over the next few weeks, will publish Q & A’s with all of the team’s assistant coaches. Here, we will get to know Tight Ends Coach Jim Hostler.


INDIANAPOLIS – All the new coaching moves this offseason saw some shifting within the Colts staff.

For Jim Hostler, that meant the former NFL offensive coordinator was going from coaching the wideouts in Indianapolis to the tight end group.

Get to know Tight Ends Coach Jim Hostler:

Describe your journey to Indianapolis

"In college I was at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for about 10 years. I was a graduate assistant there and then I coached there. I also coached in college at a small school, Juniata College, which is right below Penn State for a year. I got in the NFL in 2001---was in Kansas City for a year, New Orleans for the next two, the Jets the next two, San Francisco for three, Baltimore for six, Buffalo for one and then here."Most memorable moment in football

"Winning the Super Bowl (with Baltimore, 2012)."When did you know you wanted to be a coach?

"Probably as a player in college."Favorite part about coaching

"There are a lot of good things. Probably relationships, teaching. Those two things."Describe your coaching style

"I'm simplistic, laid back. I'm probably more of a trainer than I'm a coach."Who was your biggest influence growing up?

"Besides my father, my college coach (Frank Cignetti, Sr.) that I played for and coached for. He's probably why I'm here. Since being in the NFL, probably guys like Jimmy Raye, Paul Hackett, Mike McCarthy. Those are probably the biggest influences on me."Favorite hobby

"Boating."Favorite food

"Pizza."Favorite movie

"Forest Gump."Favorite music/genre

"Classic rock."Favorite place you've traveled

"Disneyworld."Why Indianapolis?

"Chuck (Pagano). We were close in Baltimore. And (laughing) it was one of the only jobs left."Favorite Spot/Part about Indy/Colts

"We really like it here. It's a great city. It reminds us a lot of Baltimore, which we were there a long time. It's a smaller town atmosphere but with some really nice areas."What do you want to see out of your tight end group in 2016?

"That they are competitive. They are going to play better in more stressful situations. That they are consistent."Family

Wife: Jenny. Sons: Clint, Grant and Cooper. Daughter: Athena.

"I would say that first change is good. We present an organized system to the guys, they recognize that. They know that when something is to their benefit, they grab onto it. Not just having drills to have drills, but this drill is going to help you with this specific skill in the game of football. This specific weight room exercise is going to help you bend better when you play the game and make this certain cut. Right now we are kind of in that honeymoon stage where they are like, that makes a lot of sense."

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