Allen Osborne was named an assistant coach at the University of Georgia in June of 2010. Osborne serves as the hitting instructor, coaches third base, and in June of 2012, he added the duties of Recruiting Coordinator.
In 2011, he helped the Bulldogs return to the NCAA postseason as they posted a 33-32 record while playing the nation's toughest rated schedule. Georgia had 37 games against ranked opponents and ended the year by reaching the finals of the NCAA Corvallis (Ore.) Regional. Georgia had seven players drafted in 2011 including outfielder Zach Cone, the 37th overall selection as a first round sandwich pick by the Texas Rangers. Also, the Bulldogs set a school record for Fielding Percentage at .974. Osborne helped assemble a recruiting class that was ranked as high No. 2 nationally by Perfect Game USA and finished in the top 20 following the MLB draft signing deadline. The 2012 squad went 31-26 and established another school record with a .978 Fielding Percentage. Five members of the 2012 signing class were drafted and a few others instructed MLB teams they would be attending Georgia as the Bulldogs are poised to have another exceptional group of newcomers for the 2013 season.
He returned to the Bulldogs where he first served as a graduate assistant under Robert Sapp in 1997-98, then as a volunteer assistant under Ron Polk in 2000-01 and David Perno in 2002. In 2001, Georgia won the Southeastern Conference title and advanced to the College World Series. In 2002, Osborne helped Georgia qualify for back-to-back NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history.
Before returning to Georgia in 2010, Osborne spent three years rebuilding the Wingate program as the Bulldogs captured the 2010 South Atlantic Conference title, their first since 2000. The Bulldogs advanced to the SAC Tournament each year under Osborne and increased their win total. The 19 conference wins by the Bulldogs in 2010 was the second most in school history.
Prior to directing the Wingate program, Osborne spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis. Osborne served as the hitting and catching instructor, and the third base coach. In addition, he coordinated camps and field maintenance for the Tigers. That year, Memphis made their first NCAA Regional appearance since 1994 and posted its most regular season wins in 13 years.
Osborne's coaching career includes three years as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at East Carolina University. The Pirates made the NCAA Regionals in all three of his seasons in Greenville. In 2004, the Pirates were ranked as high as fourth nationally and posted a final record of 51-13 after falling to South Carolina in an NCAA Super Regional.
Osborne was a four-year letterman for the Marshall Thundering Herd. He was the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in 1992 and earned All-Southern Conference honors as a catcher in his career. He earned a criminal justice degree from Marshall in 1995. While at Georgia, he earned a masters of education in sport management in 1998.
A native of Chesapeake, Ohio, Osborne is married to the former Janey Wheeler. They have two children, Ellason Grace (6) and Gehrig Blaine (1).
The Allen Osborne File
Born: May 15, 1973
High School: Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Ohio, 1991
College: Marshall, B.A., 1995
University of Georgia, M. Ed., 1998
Family: Wife: Janey; Children: Ellason Grace (6), Gehrig Blaine (1)
Collegiate Baseball Experience: Marshall, 1992-95
Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, 1997-98
Assistant Coach, Cortland (N.Y.) Apples, NECBL Summer League, 1996
Head Coach, Cortland (N.Y.) Apples, NECBL Summer League, 1997-2000
Assistant Coach, Chipola Junior College, 1999
Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, 2000-02
Assistant Coach, East Carolina University, 2003-05
Assistant Coach, Wakefield H.S., Raleigh, N.C., 2006
Assistant Coach, Memphis University, 2007
Head Coach, Wingate University, 2008-10
Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, 2010-present