High School Basketball

Happy Osborne named Kentucky Wesleyan head coach

Happy Osborne is in his first year as Montgomery County's coach.  Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Happy Osborne is in his first year as Montgomery County's coach. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

Happy Osborne, a coach with more than 30 years of experience, has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan.

Athletic Director Dave Williams announced the hire via Twitter on Sunday. Osborne will be formally introduced at a press conference at 3:15 p.m. Monday at Tapscott Chapel on KWC's campus.

Osborne is best known for his 15 seasons as head coach at Georgetown College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school, where he guided his teams to seven Final Four appearances, two runner-up finishes (1996 and 2000) and a national championship in 1998.

He was named NAIA Coach of the Year after the 1997-1998 season and Basketball Times Coach of the Year following the 2007-2008 season.

While at Georgetown, Osborne compiled an impressive 456-84 record and won 12 Mid-South Conference regular-season titles and eight conference tournament titles.

Osborne replaces Todd Lee, who announced on April 10 that he was headed to Grand Canyon University to become the associate head coach after spending eight seasons as KWC's head coach.

Williams said Osborne won't be made available for comment until Monday's press conference.

Osborne most recently coached at Montgomery County High School where he guided the Indians to a 33-5 record an appearance in the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen semifinals.

Prior to that, he served as associate head coach at Tennessee Tech University during the 2011-2012 season. The Golden Eagles finished with a 19-13 record and fourth place in the Ohio Valley Conference.

His teams reached the NAIA Tournament every year he was a head coach compiled a 29-13 overall record, giving him the most amount of tournament wins of any coach in NAIA history.

Check Monday's Messenger-Inquirer for a full story on Osborne's hire.Other career highlights:

Fastest coach at any level to reach the 100 and 400 win marks.

Coached 13 NAIA All-Americans and 40 Mid-South Conference Academic All-Americans.

Raised $100,000 annually for Georgetown during his tenure as head coach.Coaching career:

2012-2013 — Montgomery County High School, head coach

2011-2012 — Tennessee Tech University, associate head coach

1996-2011 — Georgetown College, head coach

1995-1996 — Georgetown College, acting head coach

1981-1995 — Georgetown College, assistant coach

1980-1981 — Georgetown College, graduate assistant

1978-1980 — Morehead State, student assistant

1975-1976 — Pikeville College, student assistant