TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

July 19, 2013

North Laurel's Osborne steps down as coach


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer

NORTH LAUREL — Former Miss Kentucky Softball Becky Abner Osborne has resigned from her position as head coach of the North Laurel Lady Jaguars’ softball team.

According to North Laurel Athletics Director Jimmy Durham, Osborne tendered her resignation Thursday morning.

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.”

In addition to Miss Softball, Osborne is a former High School All American, Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, KHSAA State Tournament MVP & Champion. She was also elected to the KY Softball Hall of Fame in 2007

Osborne said she’ll miss coaching for the time being, but stressed the importance of making things work due to financial reasons.

“I really didn’t want to step down, but my husband’s job has put my kids through college, that’s what’s important,” she said. “He works Sunday through Friday and we only see him six or eight times out of the month, so that’s tough.

“Hopefully, especially with my daughter playing, we’ll be able to come back if the chance is presented,” she added. “The big thing is that I didn’t want to be obligated in case something happens and we have to move away or something like that.”

Osborne said aside from the game itself, the biggest thing she’ll miss is her players and the camaraderie of being part of a team.

“I’ll miss the girls more than anything,” Osborne said. “Being part of a team is something special and we have a good group of girls at North Laurel.”