Jason Osborn has been selected to replace retiring baseball head coach Terry Holder at Thomson High School, The McDuffie Mirror has learned.
The announcement came during a telephone interview on Tuesday with Thomson High Principal Rudy Falana.
In addition to Coach Osborn's new appointment, Assistant Coach Aaron Hall has been recommended as the new assistant head coach of the Bulldogs' baseball team, Mr. Falana said.
The recommendations for these new positions are being made by Mr. Falana and THS Athletic Director Luther Welsh. Mr. Falana said he had recommended that Coach Osborn become the new head baseball coach to Mark Petersen, county school superintendent.
Mr. Falana said a number of candidates applied for the position of head coach. Dr. Petersen said he approved the appointment Tuesday afternoon.
Coach Osborn, who came to Thomson High School four years ago, formerly served as head varsity baseball coach at Hephzibah High School in South Augusta. He had served as an assistant under Coach Holder.
"I'm very honored to become the new head coach of the baseball program," Coach Osborn said in a telephone interview from a softball camp near Rutledge on Wednesday morning. "I was able to work with one of the best in the business. I learned a lot from Coach Holder. He left us with a platform to build on and that's what we're going to do."
The 35-year-old Coach Osborn, a 1992 graduate of Westside High School where he played for Gerald Barnes, says his plan for the baseball program at Thomson is for his Bulldogs to get better and better every year.
"Coach Hall and me are going to bust our tails to keep our baseball program at Thomson going in the right direction," Coach Osborn said. "We're not going to allow the program to take a step backwards."
Coach Osborn is married, the father of two children and is a 1997 graduate of Augusta State University where he earned a degree in health and physical education.
Mr. Falana said Coach Osborn, a P.E. teacher at the high school, will continue to serve as girls' softball head coach.
The 33-year-old Coach Hall, meanwhile, a 1994 graduate of Thomson High School and a graduate of Georgia College in Milledgeville with a degree in health and physical education, said he was pleased that the process of finding a new head coach was over.
And of his new position with the Bulldogs' baseball program, Coach Hall said he is looking forward to continuing his work with the summer baseball program, as well as next season.
"We have the potential to have another great season," said Coach Hall, who also has a master's degree in education administration and serves as athletic director/head football coach at Thomson Middle School. "I'm looking forward to it."