Osborne to be inducted into OHSBCA Hall of Fame

Bryan Walters

December 12, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The legend continues to grow.

Former Gallia Academy boys basketball coach Jim Osborne picked up another honor to add to his superlative resume Wednesday after being chosen as one of four people to the Class of 2014 for induction into the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Osborne — who amassed a 531-359 overall record in 41 seasons with the Blue Devils — accumulated a 310-196 mark and 11 league titles during his tenure within the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League while also leading GAHS to 21 district appearances, 14 sectional titles and two district championships.

Osborne will join Gene Ammirante of Bellaire, Jim Robinson of Maumee and Jim Staley of Centerville as members of the 28th Class chosen to the OHSBCA Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony at the Columbus Airpoet Marriott in Columbus at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Osborne — who also served as a coach in track, baseball and tennis while at GAHS — was named the SEOAL and Southeast District coach of the year 12 times apiece during his basketball tenure and has also received both the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award (2003) and OHSBCA Paul Walker Award (2009).

Osborne — more commonly known in southeast Ohio as Coach Oz — is a member of the respective halls of fame at Geneva High School, Wittenberg University and the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation, as well as being a charter member of the Gallia Academy Athletic HOF.

As a prepster, the southpaw was best known for his days as a two-sport standout in basketball and baseball at Geneva High School — located in Ashtabula County.

Before graduating in 1963, Osborne led the Eagles to a combined 31-11 hoops record over his last two seasons — including a Class AA district final appearance his senior year. Osborne was also named the Star Beacon Ashtabula County player of the year for his efforts in the 1962-63 season.

Osborne was also a star pitcher on the 1963 Ashtabula Rubber Company’s American Legion Baseball state championship team and signed with Wittenberg to play both basketball and baseball. He was also drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Osborne has two grown children (Tige and Tia) and resides in Gallipolis with his wife Jennifer. Osborne has also served as an Adjunct Teacher at the University of Rio Grande.