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Osborne Named New BSC "Lady Blues" Basketball Coach

Veteran West Virginia college and high school basketball coach Kenny Osborne has been named new coach of the Bluefield State College "Lady Blues" basketball team. Osborne succeeds Cary Woods, who accepted the position in June, then resigned for personal reasons one month later. "BSC has the winningest basketball program in the WVIAC over the past nine years, so the challenge will be to sustain that level of excellence," Osborne said. He will take over a BSC program that has posted a 177-85 mark during the past nine seasons under former coach Tom Jessee. After coaching BSC to four WVIAC championships and NAIA national tournament appearances twice, Jessee submitted his resignation earlier this year to move to Florida, where his wife will complete her medical residency requirements after her recent graduation from the West Virginia School for Osteopathic Medicine and he will continue coaching. The Lady Blues posted a 17-win campaign last year, and return several veterans including guards Jennifer Douglas, Wendy Black, and Deneeka Burs, along with baseline players Shelley White and Leslie Roberts. Osborne, a 1985 Glenville State graduate, served as a basketball graduate assistant on the staff of Radford University, an assistant at Cave Springs (VA) High School, and an assistant men's basketball coach on the staff at Glenville State for seven years. Last year, he was head coach of the Gilmer County (WV) High School girls' team. He also served for eight years as a Glenville State faculty member and head volleyball coach. "I know there are some quality players returning to the Lady Blues team, and I believe we can be an effective team this year by utilizing our quickness and pressure defenses," Osborne said. "I'm excited about the opportunity here. I've talked to some high school and college coaches in the region and look forward to working with them in the years to come." Woods will also serve as BSC Director of Intramurals and head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams.