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Georgetown College's men's head basketball coach, Robert Happy Osborne, Jr., has resigned to become an associate head coach at Tennessee Tech of the Ohio Valley Conference, it was announced today by Georgetown President William H. Crouch, Jr.
Osborne, a six-time Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, spent the past 15 years as the head basketball coach for the Tigers, establishing a 456-84 won-loss record over the past decade and a half. Before that he served as an assistant coach to the late alumnus Jim Reid, who was head coach for 23 years. Before coach Reid, Robert Davis served as men's basketball head coach for 20 years.
"When you think of a Georgetown College ambassador, you think of Happy Osborne," said Crouch. "His success is unparalleled within collegiate basketball circles. He will be greatly missed. The Davis-Reid-Osborne coaching legacy has built a NAIA basketball powerhouse. We are dedicated to continuing this rich tradition of success."
Osborne has been a huge part of the legacy of Georgetown College basketball. As head coach, Osborne has a .844 winning percentage. He won a NAIA national title in 1998, has led the Tigers to the NAIA finals twice and the Fab Four four times, including this past season. He has led Georgetown to 12 of 15 Mid-South Conference regular season titles and nine conference tournament crowns.
Under Coach Osborne, Georgetown College has averaged 30.4 wins a season. He won 100 games and 400 games quicker than any other coach, according to college records.
"We will seek the next great coach to assure Georgetown College basketball reflects the institutional mission to make a difference in the lives of our students," Crouch said.
Athletic Director Brian Evans stated, "We celebrate Coach Osborne's more than 30 years of dedicated service not only to Georgetown College but also to the community."
At Tennessee Tech, Osborne will work under Steve Payne, a former assistant at Georgetown.