Osborne all but set as Gilmer football coach

GLENVILLE – With the resignation of Jason Cunningham at the beginning of the month, Gilmer County High School is inching closer to officially hiring its new head football coach.

“Probably the first day I was here he resigned his position, right around July 1,” said Gabe Devono, the new superintendent of Gilmer County.

“We posted the job and we’re sending our recommendation to the state. They have to OK it and then send it back to us.”

That recommendation is for former Titan assistant coach Isac Osborne, a 2007 Greenbrier West graduate who received his degree from Glenville State College and played football one year for the Pioneers.

“We had a couple people apply and one withdrew his name,” Devono added. “It came down that he (Osborne) was the candidate we wanted to put down as head coach.

“They (the state) have to make sure everyone is certified and they’ll send it back and OK it. Hopefully, by the middle of next week everything is OK or I’ll call them and see where we are.”

Cunningham was the head coach for two seasons, finishing 3-7 his first year and leading the Titans to a 5-5 mark last fall.

Devono also noted “we’re getting ready to post an assistant (football coach) job.”

This will be Osborne’s third season with the Titans, having spent the past two years as one of Cunningham’s paid assistants. Gilmer County’s football staff has two paid assistants – the one they are in the process of hiring along with current coach David Sowell.

Osborne said along with Sowell, the rest of the coaching staff currently consists of Arch Moore, Trevor Morris and Mike Haley, the Titans’ strength and conditioning coach.

“You hate to see a guy you know leave, but you are also thankful for the opportunity you are given,” Osborne said.

The soon-to-be Titan head man added “some of our boys are weight lifting three days a week and conditioning two and the coaches are meeting and preparing for August 4th (first day of practice).

“We lost some pretty good players (to graduation). We’re looking for a lot of young guys to step up this year and fill some roles and hopefully develop and mature.”

Osborne admitted he figures to have somewhere between 25 to 30, maybe 35 players out for camp but that “I hope I am wrong. I hope it’s a lot more than that.”

Currently a special education teacher at Gilmer County High School, Osborne noted the he is “excited and blessed” about his upcoming opportunity.