So, how does a first-year varsity head coach take it all in while trying to maintain the success that has been synonymous with the program in a pressure-filled environment?
“In terms of coaching, mistakes that a first-year coach can make I hope I never repeat,” Osborn said. “Phil basically started the program, so to have been here that long and now to try and follow the success of the school and stay competitive there is definitely pressure.
“It would be great to win a sectional title and make a regional berth. It would also be great to be at the top of the conference because that would be something new and special.”
Those are lofty goals considering the talent and parity in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference, but for Osborn those aren’t just lofty goals. That’s exactly why Brownsburg brought her on as its new coach. The preparation in practice will show during the 80 minutes on the field during games. However, Osborn has bigger plans than wins and losses for every girl that comes through her program.
“Getting to know these girls is like having 40 more daughters — they have been working so hard in conditioning and workouts and I hope they take a little piece of that with them,” she said. “I want them to work hard every second on the field, but I want them to take that with them to college and through life.
“I want them to be accountable to themselves and their teammates.”