While those are glowing and Hall of Fame level stats, say the name John Osborne in the Santa Maria area and in return you will hear respect, quality, class and caring- with a grin and a chuckle tossed in. Few coaches can attain that level of success with such a great sense of humor, abounding enthusiasm and genuine caring for his players and staff- tempered by intense dedication, high-level expertise and a work ethic worthy of role-modeling.
Testimony to that positive philosophy of athletics is the number of former players and their families with whom he maintains a relationship.
One of the great athletes to have participated in the Santa Barbara community, John played at the highest level of basketball and baseball competition at SBHS, SBCC and UCSB. He followed that with a stint in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
But his real major league accomplishments were Elizabeth, Jennifer, Sarah, Jon, Jeff, Doug, Dave, five grand kids and wife Mardi who teaches at Hancock.