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July 24, 2013

The coaching carousel continued while I was on vacation

The Way It Is

CORBIN —

It never fails.

It seems like every time that I take vacation, a new coach is hired and another one decides to step down.

It happened again this past week with Corbin hiring Jason McDaniel to take over the girls basketball program while former Miss Softball Becky Osborne decided to step down as coach of the North Laurel softball program.

That’s a big hire and a big resignation happening in the same week — well actually, both happened in the same day.

So what does the hiring mean for the Lady Redhound basketball program? The hiring of McDaniel is huge. He has paid his dues and turned out to be one of the top assistant coaches around during his days with the Corbin Redhound boys basketball program.

I’m glad McDaniel got the job — he deserves it. There will be pressure that comes with any job, but there might be some added pressure considering Corbin will return most of its talent from last season’s 13th Region championship squad.

McDaniel will handle the pressure well and have his Corbin squad right in the mix of things again during the 2013-14 season. Of course, the Lady Redhounds will be challenged. Their two top challengers more than likely will be Bell County and Whitley County. The Lady Bobcats return the core of its talent from last season’s 13th Region runner-up squad, including the region’s top player in Maci Morris, and just like Corbin, the Lady Colonels have a new coach in Donnie Jones.

Whitley County’s Jones has been a mainstay with the girls basketball program and will have his team ready to compete for a 13th Region title as well with most of its talent returning from last season’s 13th Region Final Four squad, which includes last season’s Times-Tribune Player of the Year, Brandi Smith.

Yep, 13th Region girls basketball should be very interesting along with 50th District play with the hiring of both McDaniel and Jones.

I’m now moving on to Osborne’s resignation at North Laurel.

Many were surprised the former Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year decided to step down after only two years as coach, but she had good reason.

Osborne said her departure was due to a possible employment transfer of her husband and left the door open for a potential return should the opportunity present itself.

“Having to deal with my husband’s job is the main reason I’m letting the position go,” Osborne said. “My husband is in Miamisburg, Ohio right now and when he’s finished there he will probably be transferred to Bowling Green.”

So where does that leave North Laurel athletic director Jimmy Durham?

Well, he’s left searching for a second coach in the past three years for the state’s winningest high school softball program.

Durham, who is the lone coach to guide the Lady Jaguar softball program to a state championship, built the softball program to where it is today, and I’m sure he’ll find a top-notch coach. Whoever does get the job, will be taking over a cupboard that is full of talented players at both the high school and middle school level.

One thing is for sure, the talent is there at North Laurel, now the big question is who will fill the head coach vacancy?

It’s an interesting time for the North Laurel High School softball program, who Durham finds to replace Osborne will be even more interesting.

 

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