Charleston, W.Va. (August 5, 2013) – University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster and Director of Athletics Bren Stevens today announced the hiring of Dwaine Osborne as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Charleston.
Osborne will immediately begin his duties with the Golden Eagles and will lead the men’s basketball program into the new Mountain East Conference for the 2013-14 season. Stevens had this to say regarding the hiring of Osborne, “Dwaine’s energy, integrity, commitment to student-athletes and desire to be part of an aspiring athletic program clearly separated him from an outstanding pool of candidates. I know that once the UC and the Charleston communities have the chance to meet him they will realize how fortunate we are to have Dwaine as our new head men’s basketball coach."
Prior to joining the UC staff, Osborne served as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Texas – Permian Basin for the past four seasons. In his four seasons at UTPB, Osborne led the program to two winning seasons and two conference tournament appearances, with the program having had one winning season in its history before his arrival. On joining the UC staff Osborne said “we have a large job to do here with the history and tradition of this program, it’s a tall order but we are going to fulfill it and there is no reason why we can’t do it. Everything we do we are going to do it with excellence and in first class to make sure we represent this institution the way it should be represented.”
Osborne also brings a familiarity with MEC opponents having coached on the Glenville State College staff for seven years, four of those as head coach. While acting as head coach, Osborne transformed the Pioneer program, obtaining their first 20-win season as a NCAA Division II member in his final year before moving to UTPB. “I’m excited to be joining the new Mountain East Conference and facing some familiar faces from my days at Glenville. It’s no doubt a great basketball conference and we are going to work hard to stay competitive and achieve at a high level in this transition”, said Osborne about joining the MEC and playing against some of his former opponents.
Osborne, 37, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Clearwater Christian College in Clearwater, FL. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.
Osborne takes over a Golden Eagle team that returns six players from the 2012-13 season, posted a 19-9 overall record and a 14-8 WVIAC conference mark, good enough for a fifth-place finish. Osborne replaces Mark Downey who left UC for the head coach position at West Alabama. The Golden Eagles posted an overall record of 50-29 under Downey in his three seasons at Charleston.