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Osborn to leave after baseball season

Thomson High School baseball and softball coach Jason Osborn loves his job, but he loves his family more.

Osborn confirmed Friday night after Thomson's win over Josey that he is resigning, effective at the end of the school year. He has accepted a position as softball coach at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Ga. His wife has accepted a position as a school nurse, he said.

The second-year coach said he and his wife, a nurse at University Hospital, are not spending enough time with their 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

His schedule includes days as the in-school suspension coordinator and then several nights a week and often Saturday afternoon games as the baseball coach. His wife, a first-year nurse, works nights.

"I'm in the perfect spot for me," said Osborn, whose Bulldogs advanced to the Class 3A state semifinals last year. "When you have kids, it's not about you. I'm making the move for the kids. They're getting run ragged, spending a lot of time with a baby sitter."

He said he has the possibility of becoming the softball coach at North Georgia College, which plays D-2, or an assistant baseball coach at Lumpkin County. Either way, it will be a positive situation for his family.

"We'll all be on the same schedule," Osborn said.

Osborn was an assistant coach under Terry Holder for four years at Thomson before being named the head coach. Holder won eight state titles, first at Evans and then at Greenbrier, and amassed more than 500 career wins.

In his last year at Thomson, 2009, Holder won the region title, the first in 40 years for Thomson, Osborn said.

Osborn was the head coach at Hephzibah before coming to Thomson with Holder.

At Westside, Osborn played for Gerald Barnes.

"I had the honor of playing for one great coach and coaching under another great one," Osborn said.

Thomson is currently 4-0 in region and 9-2 overall.

Under Osborn, the girls softball team advanced to the state playoffs the past two seasons.

Web posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011

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