The right decision, in my opinion, has been made in regard to the appointment of Jason Osborn as the new head baseball coach at Thomson High School. He replaces my longtime friend, Terry Holder, who held that position for four years and has apparently left prep baseball for good, this time around.
I've had the pleasure of working with Coach Osborn for the past three years and he's most capable of leading the baseball program. And for that matter, our new assistant head Coach Aaron Hall also is of the same caliber.
A third man involved in our program is assistant Coach Wes Harrell, who just came on board this past season to oversee the junior varsity program. He also appears to be doing a good job of preparing his players for the next level.
I truly believe that these three men are more than capable of producing fine baseball seasons for many years to come at Thomson. One of the reasons I feel that way is because all three of them are hard workers. They work hard not only with their players, but in preparing the field, too.
Those factors are a plus for any program. And we can all feel fortunate that we have such a fine group of men wanting to continue to build fine baseball teams year-in and year-out at Thomson.
A firm foundation has now been laid when it comes to the baseball program at Thomson High - one needing only to become more fine-tuned. These young coaches are an asset to our program and work well together.
Granted, Terry Holder is going to be missed by all of us who supported him while at Thomson. But now a new dawning begins - one that has Coach Osborn at the helm.
Obviously, Coach Osborn will have his own style and way of doing things and rightfully so.
And like Coach Holder, he'll have days when things won't go as planned. But he'll get though them. We all do. And like the rest of us, he'll learn from mistakes along the way. After all, everything we do in life is a learning experience.
Coach Osborn already has demonstrated that he is a fine leader. Prior to becoming a teacher/coach at Thomson, he served as head baseball coach at Hephzibah High School in South Augusta. He also has a proven record of coaching at Thomson, having turned a so-so girls' softball program into winners.
He's earned the opportunity to head the baseball program, just like Coach Hall has earned the duties of becoming the new assistant head coach for the Bulldogs. The two readily admit they learned much from Coach Holder and will forever be grateful to him.
I look forward to working with our new head baseball coach and his staff. And I sincerely wish Terry Holder happiness with his wife, Brenda, their children and grandchildren, as he embarks on another retirement adventure.
1) ths baseball2 -- cutline: Assistant Head Coach Aaron Hall (left) and Head Coach Jason Osborn watch Thomson High play last week.