A new coach usually means new everything. For Osborn, it will be no different as she begins to put her stamp on the program.
“Phil has been a go-to person in terms of the organizational background but we haven’t talked about players,” she said. “He’s been a huge help for decisions but only on the managerial side. We have a lot of fresh, young faces. There are 22 freshmen trying out and a couple veterans that will be pretty solid contributing big time to the program.”
One of the things Osborn will rely upon is her coaching staff, who she says is “young, influential, and positive.”
Osborn will have an opportunity some coaches don’t have. Along with taking over a program that has expectations for success, she will also be around the future Bulldogs’ soccer players while continuing to teach at Brownsburg East Middle School, where she has been since 2000. She will oversee the program’s future while maintaining the present, and that will certainly be a leg up.
“I’m able to see the kids as they are coming through so I can find out what club team they play for and feel out my feeder programs coming into high school,” Osborn said. “It’s nice to be able to put faces with names so that when they get on the field it’s a different setting.
“I feel like local clubs are a great feeder system. Prepping girls for high school, at our level, they have to be able to play at a high level because we are in one of the strongest conferences in the state, so we have to be ready for that.”
It’s always hard to take a moment to enjoy the present while looking toward the future. Oftentimes people don’t take a minute to stop and appreciate where they are and take stock of accomplishments.